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What are the penalties for a second DUI offense in Rhode Island?

On Behalf of | Apr 25, 2024 | Criminal Defense

Navigating a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) can be arduous, and dealing with a second offense could be more challenging. In Rhode Island, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .08% and above. It is also unlawful to drive under the influence of a controlled substance.

Moreover, the state considers a DUI offense as a subsequent offense if it takes place within five years since the alleged offender committed their first violation. If you are currently facing a second DUI charge, how can its penalties affect your life, work, family and loved ones?

After a second DUI violation

According to state law, the fine for a second DUI is $400 if the BAC is .08% but less than .15%. If not, the BAC could be unknown or there may be thepresence of a controlled substance in the blood.

A second DUI merits a license suspension for one to two years and imprisonment ranging from 10 days to one year. Other penalties include requiring the offender to undergo alcohol or drug treatment. Also, they cannot drive unless their vehicle has an ignition interlock system or they agree to undergo urine and blood testing.

Second DUI with a higher BAC

The fine increases to a minimum of $1,000 if the BAC jumps to at least .15% or the driver is under the influence of a controlled substance such as toluene and other drugs. The license suspension is for two years and the imprisonment period would be from six months to one year.

In addition, the offender needs to go through alcohol or drug treatment. Furthermore, they cannot drive unless they have an ignition interlock system or agree to urine and blood testing.

Challenging the charge

The various penalties of a second DUI violation can cause you to lose time, savings, income and opportunities. With solid legal guidance, you may challenge the charge and question the evidence to protect your name and record.