If you have a previous history of driving under the influence, you may have very limited options when you find yourself facing DUI charges again, even if you were able to avoid major penalties the first time. Whether you were previously convicted here or in another state, South Dakota treats additional DUI convictions very harshly—and many people are shocked to find out that they are facing a much more serious sentence than in their first-time offense.
South Dakota uses what’s called a “look back” system when dealing with previous DUI convictions. In practical terms, what this means is that any prior DUI convictions on your record from the last 10 years will increase the penalties that you suffer for subsequent drunk-driving arrests. While you may have lost your license for a month and paid a fine as a first-time offender, you may lose your license for a year or more, spend a year or two in jail, pay thousands of dollars in fines, and even lose your car as a repeat offender. And you may be much less likely to receive certain privileges, such as limited driving permission or probation in lieu of jail time.
The penalties you suffer for an additional drunk-driving charge grow exponentially with the number of previous convictions on your record. If you are facing a second—or third, or fourth—DUI conviction, don’t assume that you will suffer the same penalties as before. Our legal team has offices in both Sioux Falls and Parker, and we are ready to help you today. Reach out to us at 888-733-2992.
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