Multiple DUI Charges

I’ve been convicted for drinking and driving before. Will my sentence be the same?

- JB, Michigan

Answer:

It is dependent on the situation. Most likely the penalties you will face, if convicted again, will most likely be more severe. For a second offense that takes place within a seven year period of the first, the charges can include the addition of six points to your driver's license, the confiscation of a license plate, up to $1,000 in fines, a maximum of 90 days community service, the revocation of your license, up to a year in jail and additional fees. These penalties will be increased each time you sustain an additional conviction.

While the second offense needs to take place within the seven year period, a third offense does not have this same limit and being convicted for the third DUI will count as a felony. Penalties can increase, with up to $5,000 in fines, a probation sentence with up to a year in jail attached, a maximum of five years in prison, the loss of your vehicle for three years, an extended driver's license revocation and more. While these penalties may already seem harsh, they can be further elevated when they involve additional factors, including allegedly causing the injury or death of another person.

A conviction will also go on your criminal record and additional convictions will be made viewable. You can fight allegations of drinking and driving and it is recommended that you start by contacting an attorney as soon as you are charged. If you have already been convicted of a first time DUI and had to deal with the penalties, the last thing you want is to face further repercussions. There is often more than just the initial facts in these cases and there may be details that evidence your innocence or demonstrate that you are being penalized harsher than what the crime deserves. Get started today by calling Boulahanis & Associates.



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