Penalties for DUI Second Offense in Tennessee
The penalties for DUI second offense can lead to catastrophic consequences. It involves more money, more jail time, and a longer revocation of your license. Additionally, the law can require in-patient rehab in lieu of extra jail time. However, if your insurance does not cover rehab (or you do not have the money to afford rehab), then you must spend that extra time in jail. Here are the penalties for DUI Second Offense:
- An "A" misdemeanor punishable by up to 11 months and 29 days in jail. There is a mandatory minimum of 45 days in jail. However, the law allows you to get credit for time spent in outpatient or inpatient rehab. If you cannot afford in-patient rehab, then it is likely you will have to serve the entirety of your jail sentence.
- A fine up to $3,500. There is also a mandatory minimum fine of $600.
- Loss of driving privileges for two years. Under the penalties for this offense, you must have an ignition interlock device to operate a motor vehicle during the period of your revocation.
- You must obtain an alcohol and drug assessment and follow all recommendations. Although this is not always ordered by the court, it is a part of the law and you should be aware of it.