If you’ve previously had a DUI in Missouri, then it’s very important that you protect yourself now that you’re facing another. A DUI has lasting consequences, and a conviction for a second, third or even fourth DUI will have more significant penalties than the first.
With a first conviction, you may have lost your license for 90 days or paid fines. Having another DUI will result in more significant penalties. Here’s what you should expect if you’re convicted on multiple DUIs.
Your second DUI
If you are convicted of a second DUI, then you could lose your license for a year right away, even if your first DUI was many years ago. However, if the second DUI is within five years of the first, that license revocation could last up to five years.
How does a third DUI compare to a second DUI?
If you get a third DUI, then your license will be denied for 10 years.
While you might have been able to get a restricted license with your first DUI, it’s unlikely with the second or third unless you have an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) installed into your vehicle, have completed a Substance Awareness Traffic Offender Program and can prove that you can get insurance.
Depending on your specific case, the state may or may not allow you to seek a restricted license. Many times, there will be a waiting period before you can file.
A DUI has lasting implications for drivers
A second, third, fourth or subsequent conviction can leave you without a license and result in other penalties. If you’re accused and are concerned about losing your license and rights, it’s important to put together a defense for your hearing, which can be requested within 15 days of the traffic stop.