Second Offense DUI in Rhode Island

The penalties for a second DUI in Rhode Island are established in Section 31-27-2 of the state’s statutes. These laws provide for fines, imprisonment and installation of an ignition interlock device on an offendor's vehicle.

Rhode Island’s “Look Back” Period

Rhode Island has a five year “look back” period. This “look back” period is the length of time during which the court can consider a previous DUI violation.


Rhode Island prescribes different penalties for second time DUI offenders based on the amount of alcohol in the offender’s blood. An offender with less than .15% of a blood-alcohol concentration is subject to at least ten days and no more than a year in prison and a fine of $400. An offender with more than .15% of blood-alcohol concentration is subject to no less than six months and no more than one year in prison and a mandatory fine of $1,000.

In either situation the court can also require an ignition interlock device, which would prevent the offender from driving while under the influence of alcohol, installed on the offender’s car for two years and participation in an alcohol treatment program.

The Rhode Island DMV can revoke an offender’s license for up to two years after a second DUI offense.

Getting Legal Advice

If you are facing a second DUI in Rhode Island, you should seek the advice of an attorney. 

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