It is common knowledge that driving under the influence of alcohol is not only a crime, but also that it endangers the driver, passengers and other users of the road. This is because alcohol is a depressant and it reduces the response times of drivers. It also makes it more likely for a driver to engage in reckless driving.
The punishments that are used in relation to DUI offenses are largely used as a deterrent to prevent drivers from operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. No driver wants to lose his or her license or face jail time. If you have already been charged with a DUI in the past, you will know that the consequences can affect your entire life, from relationships with family members to career prospects.
The exact consequences that you will face as a repeat offender of driving under the influence will vary from state to state. It will also depend on the circumstances of the conviction: whether you were also engaging in reckless driving, whether a child was in the vehicle or whether an accident occurred as a result. However, it is almost certain that you will face harsher penalties as a repeat offender. You should, therefore, take the conviction extremely seriously.
There are many ways that you can make an effort to prevent a repeat DUI offense, abstaining from drinking or installing an ignition interlock device being two examples. It is important to take action as soon as possible if you have been accused of driving under the influence so that you can have a chance at a favorable outcome.
Source: FindLaw, "DUI Offense Basics," accessed Jan. 05, 2018