Second Offense DUI in Tennessee

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Gavel and Scales

Persons arrested for a second DUI (within 10 years of a previous DUI arrest) face penalties, fines, license suspension or revocation, and jail time. 

Administrative Penalties

Your license will be revoked for two years for second offense DUI in Tennessee. In order to get your driver's license reinstated after the revocation, there is an additional fee, and you must take a driving test. 

Criminal Penalties

Penalties for a second DUI in Tennessee include:

  • Eligibility for a restricted license after one year
  • Minimum 45 days to 11 months 29 days jail time
  • Fines from $600 up to $3,500
  • An ignition interlock installed in your vehicle if you are convicted of a second DUI within five years
  • Possible vehicle forfeiture
  • Attendance of a state approved DUI school
  • Attendance of a drug and alcohol program if decided by the court
  • Restitution to any person who may have been injured

Look Back Period

The look back period in Tennessee is 10 years from the earlier arrest. 

Felony vs. Misdemeanor

Tennessee considers a second DUI a misdemeanor

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If you are arrested for a second DUI in Tennessee, a knowledgeable Tennessee DUI attorney may be able to get your penalties reduced.

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