First, be sure you’re even supposed to be charged with a repeat offense, because sometimes officers get it wrong.

Now to the dissatisfying answer to your question. Unfortunately, the real question here should be, “How long will I be on ignition interlock? If you’re unfamiliar with it, it’s not just a breathalyzer you’ve got to pass before your car starts- it’s mighty expensive and embarrassing.

License Suspensions and Ignition Interlock for Repeat Offenses

For repeat offenses, the law’s brutally simple: your license is suspended until you get ignition interlock. Here’s how long you have to use the interlock system:

  • For a second offense, two years.
  • For a third offense, three years. But if the third offense occurs within five years from the date of the first offense, four years.
  • For a fourth or subsequent offense, for life.

Now I’ll share a shocking truth that makes the stakes for your case even higher: you can’t get out of this by pleading to a reduced DUI offense. “Repeat offender” is based on the number of convictions you’ve had, so pleading to a DUI first offense in your DUI second offense case will probably deem you a repeat offender, subjecting you to ignition interlock.

It’s Worth It to Give Yourself a Fighting Chance, Because You Might Just Win

The long-term cost, inconvenience, and embarrassment of ignition interlock makes a repeat offense worth fighting. The truth about DUI cases is that you might have defenses you don’t even know about. In fact, that’s part of the reason I wrote the FREE report on these cases, which you can use for helpful info on your case.

And even if you have no winning defense, an experienced DUI attorney can help you reach a deal with prosecutors to minimize the consequence as much as possible.

If you want a free, no-pressure strategy session to answer your questions and start plotting your defense, call me at 888-230-1841 to schedule it.


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Rob is a Spartanburg personal injury lawyer. Rob also practices as a workers' compensation attorney.