One penalty that is almost guaranteed when found guilty on a 2nd offense DUI is the suspension of your license for up to 2 years. You may qualify for a 2nd offense hardship license after one year into your suspension for work or educational purposes only with the following qualifications:
- Completion of a 14-day In-Patient Program
- Discharge Summary
- Proof of Compliance with Program Ordered After-Care
- Documentation Proving Hardship
You may also be expected to complete a certain amount of community service hours. These hours may be self-recorded and presented at a time set by the court, or, if placed on parole, will be reported to a parole officer.
If you are looking for more information on community service hours, how to track them, or where to work them, take a look at the Massachusetts state official Office of Community Corrections Programs page.
Ignition Interlock Device
Another penalty the court will consider is the installation of an ignition interlock device on your car. With this device, you are still allowed to drive under defined circumstances after you prove your sobriety with an ignition interlock device. Essentially, these devices are breathalyzers that control the systems of your car. If you want to turn your car on, you have to blow a clean breathalyzer. They even require you to stop the car periodically to use the breathalyzer again before continuing to drive.
Case Specifics That Can Effect Penalties
Do you have any prior offenses? If so, you will have a harder time finding a deal or leniency from the court. If you are facing troubles and are looking for a dedicated team to have your back, contact the office of John B. Seed today!
Let’s Build a Case
Have you recently been charged with 2nd offense DUI, feeling lost, and don’t know what to do? Your first step should be to call a trusted, local attorney who will fight in your corner. If you are looking for an attorney in Greater Boston area to take care of your DUI case, contact the office of John B. Seed today.