Anyone who is arrested for driving under the influence faces serious consequences, but this is particularly true if you have previously been convicted of DUI. The penalties for a repeat drunk driving offense are far tougher than those for a first-time arrest, as the state legislature is determined to prevent repeat occurrences. Your future may be at stake, as a conviction could mean that you would be subjected to a harsh sentence which could have negative repercussions throughout your life, potentially affecting your social reputation, your personal relationships and your career.
Contact us at the Law Offices of Richard Tendler as early as possible after your arrest for a confidential consultation, to review the circumstances of your arrest and discuss your options for defending against the charges. There are proven strategies for fighting any type of DUI charge, and you may be able to avoid being convicted.
The penalties you can receive if convicted of driving under the influence escalate according to the number of times you have previously been found guilty of the crime:
Fines of up to $2,000, up to nine months in county jail, up to 30 days of vehicle impoundment and a driver's license revocation lasting up to five years.
Between $2,000 and $5,000 in fines, imprisonment ranging from a minimum of 30 days to 12 months, 90 days of vehicle impoundment and a ten-year driver's license revocation.
Felony offense with a minimum fine of $2,000 and up to $5,000, up to five years in state prison and a mandatory permanent revocation of driving privileges without the opportunity to apply for a hardship reinstatement.
Don't give up hope of being able to beat the charges. The fact that you were previously convicted of drinking and driving does not mean that it has to happen again. I have been fighting for the rights of the accused for 15 years, and my firm has a proven track record of success in defending our clients. Looking for an attorney for a DUI in West Palm Beach? Call or visit my office today or begin the process now by filling out the case evaluation form.