Second Offense DUI in Washington D.C.

The District of Columbia classifies a driver with a BAC of .07 or lower as a DUI, and a driver is with a BAC of .08 or higher as a DWI (Driving while intoxicated). The penalties for a second DWI (within 15 years) depend on the BAC determination (as explained below).

Administrative Penalties

A second DUI offense within 15 years will result in a one-year license suspension. The driver can apply for reinstatement of the license after the period of suspension by paying a reinstatement fee.

Criminal Penalties

If you are convicted for a second offense DUI within the 15 year look back period, you can expect to pay a fine between $2500 and $5000. You will be subject to mandatory jail term of 10 days if your BAC is below .20; 25 days if your BAC is above .20; 30 days if above .25; and 35 days in jail if above .35 BAC. You may also have to do community service. 

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