Charges for Multiple DUIs

Lawrenceville DUI Attorney

Searching for an attorney for a multiple DUI case in Lawrenceville? The state of Georgia takes crimes of driving while intoxicated very seriously. If a driver of legal drinking age is found with a blood alcohol level of over .08, then they will be charged with a DUI. If convicted, the driver could face various consequences such as license suspension, incarceration, and mandatory rehabilitation programs. If a driver under the age of 21 is found with any alcohol in their system, then they will also face serious penalties, according to Georgia's zero tolerance policy. In light of this, multiple DUIs have even more serious consequences, because the court sees this as a recurring public safety issues. Should you be charged with more than one DUI, you should not hesitate to contact a Lawrenceville criminal defense attorney from The Peevy Firm, P.C.

What are the charges for multiple DUIs?

If you have already been convicted of one DUI, then your charges for a second or third DUI will get much worse. From your first offense, you most likely have a misdemeanor on your record and have paid a fine, been imprisoned, gone through a risk reduction class, accomplished community service hours, and had your license suspended. The next offenses will have increasingly greater consequences.

With a second DUI offense, you will be charged with another misdemeanor. According to the DMV, the court will slap you with a fine of no less than $600 and put you in jail for at least ninety days. Even if the judge decides that you don't need that many days, you still have to stay behind bars for 3 days. This time, your license will be suspended for 3 years, of which you will be on probation for one. In addition, you must again complete the Risk Reduction Program with the possibility of an alcohol treatment program.

For a third offense, the state will raise your charge to a "high and aggravated" misdemeanor. This will bring consequences of a much larger fine, with a maximum of $5000. Your prison sentence will vary between 120 days to 12 months, 15 days must be spent in jail. You will again complete the Risk Reduction classes as well as complete a substance abuse program after a clinical evaluation. Your license will be suspended for 5 years, and you will be on probation for a year.

Can I avoid penalties by pleading "no contest"?

In Georgia, if you plead "nolo contendere", no contest, your consequences will be the same as pleading guilty. The state will still convict you of drunk driving, which will go on your record. If you are facing charges for multiple DUIs, then it is crucial that you contact a Lawrenceville DUI lawyer from The Peevy Firm, P.C. to advise you. With my 30 years of experience, I can provide wise counsel that can help your charges be reduced or dropped!

Why should I hire a DUI lawyer from your firm?

Charged with multiple DUI in Lawrenceville? By hiring a criminal defense attorney from my firm, The Peevy Firm, P.C., you will ensure that you have an experienced legal team at your side, fighting for your rights. We will thoroughly investigate the events surrounding your arrest to make sure that the police have used the proper equipment and followed protocol. Often, many mistakes are made in administering of field sobriety tests or blood and breath tests. If a law enforcement agent has not properly assessed your alcohol level, then we will find out. If your rights have been violated, then the charges have a greater chance of being reduced or dropped. Without our help, you may not be aware of many laws and protocols regarding your arrest.

To ensure your rights are protected, contact a Lawrenceville DUI attorney from our firm.