DUI Charges When You Have Prior Convictions
The criminal justice system shows little leniency to those who are charged with DUI and have prior offenses on their record. If you have been accused of multiple DUIs in Virginia, it is important to talk to an experienced defense lawyer as soon as possible.
I am Mark B. Arthur, a DUI defense lawyer with more than 18 years of experience handling criminal cases in Lynchburg and throughout the surrounding area. As a former prosecutor, I learned firsthand how the state handles second, third and subsequent DUI charges. Today, I use that experience to dismantle the cases prosecutors bring against my clients.
As harsh as first-time DUI penalties are, the consequences are even harsher if you have prior convictions on your record. Consider the severe penalties for second and third DUI convictions:
|Jail||Fines||Driver’s License Suspension|
|Second offense||20 days to one year||$500 minimum||Three years|
|Third offense||Six months minimum||$1,000 minimum||Indefinitely|
In addition to the above penalties, second- and third-time offenders must have ignition interlock devices installed on their vehicles at their own expense.
Remember, no matter how harsh the potential consequences and no matter how seemingly strong the evidence is against you, there are proven defense strategies an experienced attorney can use on your behalf.