Any DUI offense carries the potential for serious penalties. For those with prior convictions, howeve,r the consequences become even more severe.
This was the case with an Ohio native who was sentenced to 8 years in prison this week for his 7th DUI offense in 14 years. The convicted man, who faced charges in a Lebanon, Ohio court, was arrested on multiple traffic charges after crashing his car less than a year after being released for a previous DUI conviction.
As an accused offender’s prior number of convictions increase, so do the penalties that they face in court. For a third DUI charge, offenders can find themselves facing penalties such as:
- 30 day minimum jail term or combination of jail and electronically monitored house arrest for BAC of .08 – .17
- 60 day minimum jail term or combination of jail and electronically monitored house arrest for BAC of over .17
- $850 – $2750 fine
- Two to 10 years of court license suspension (separate from an administrative suspension)
- Two years or more of administrative license suspension
- Mandatory enrollment in a treatment program
These penalties can vary depending on the individual case, and they may be increased if the offender’s blood alcohol level was above .17, also known as a High BAC Offense. Attorneys can fight diligently on behalf of their clients to reduce charges or sentencing, but prior convictions make this more difficult.
Outside of the courtroom, offenders could face high increases in insurance premiums or disqualification from certain carriers altogether. Many professions, such as teachers, doctors, or law enforcement, can face disciplinary issues or even termination for DUI offenses, and the chances of serious actions that threaten a person’s career can greatly increase for repeat offenders.