What To Expect With Multiple DUIs
If you are facing your second or third DUI, you know what to expect, up to a point. With a first offense, the court sometimes offers leniency. Unfortunately, the legal system in Mississippi is often much harsher on someone with multiple DUI offenses on their record. This time around, you need someone who is ready to fight for you.
At M. Darin Vance, Attorney at Law, I have helped many clients over the past 20 years, and I am here to help you. You need an attorney with experience whom you can trust, someone who will stand up for you and vigorously defend your DUI case.
Penalties Increase With Each Offense
You may not be surprised to find out that you face increased penalties for subsequent charges. What may surprise you is just how harsh those penalties can be. Your first offense had a possible fine of between $250 and $1,000 and up to 48 hours in jail, as well as a license suspension of 90 days. You may have had to do an alcohol treatment assessment or had an ignition interlock device applied to your car. Multiple offenses within a five-year period have the following possible penalties:
- Second offense: A fine from $600 to $1,500 and up to six months in jail, with possible community service. Your license could be suspended for two years, and you will likely go through alcohol treatment assessment. Ignition interlock devices are mandatory.
- Third offense: A fine of up to $5,000 and between one to five years in jail. Your license may be suspended for up to five years and alcohol treatment assessment is required. Ignition interlock devices are mandatory. In addition, your third offense may go on your record as a felony conviction, and you will likely have to forfeit your vehicle to the state.
Aggravating factors such as an accident that caused a death or having a minor in the car with you can increase your penalties significantly.
What Can You Do About It?
Penalties for multiple DUIs are harsh. The key is to vigorously defend your charges. My goal for you will always be a dismissal or reduction of the charges, so you do not have another DUI on your record. I will begin investigating your case and building a defense immediately. Do not simply accept your fate. Get started on your defense today.