Sentencing 2nd Offense DUI
OWI Attorneys Defending Clients in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Throughout Michigan Charged with a Drunk Driving Second Offense Sentencing
In Michigan, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a very serious offense; this means those who are considered "repeat" offenders, or who have a previous DUI conviction on their records face penalties which are harsher than those for first-time offenders. At Grabel & Associates, our Michigan DUI defense attorneys know how serious the sentences often handed down to repeat offenders are. We work diligently on your behalf, using all of our skill, knowledge, and experience in order to secure positive results and protect your freedom.
Police and prosecutors are often over-zealous in their efforts to obtain a conviction for those accused of a second DUI offense. Whether arrested or charged with OWI, DWI, OUIL, or another drunk driving offense, it is critical you obtain the support of a capable Michigan repeat DUI defense attorney who can effectively represent you regardless of what stage your case is in. The consequences of a conviction can be life changing, with penalties, which may include jail time, fines, community service, driver's license suspension, and more. For more than a decade, our capable team has been helping clients faced with OWI charges obtain a good outcome. Our firm is highly recognized across the state of Michigan for the outstanding results we obtain for clients accused of various drunk-driving offenses.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) 2nd Offense in Michigan
Regardless of whether you are convicted of OWI, OUIL, DUI, DWI, or OWVI, a second conviction within 7 years of the first will leave you facing revocation of your driving privileges for at least one year. While a second offense is still considered a misdemeanor, the consequences you face will be more serious than punishment for a first offense. It is important you work with a qualified lawyer to fight the charges against you as well as jail time, fines, and other penalties resulting from a conviction.
While it is certainly normal to be frightened or under stress when pulled over on suspicion of DUI, it's important to begin thinking about choosing a capable and aggressive criminal defense lawyer who can begin work on your defense right away. Even though you are accused of a criminal offense, you have legal rights that must be protected. Until proven guilty, you are innocent although police and prosecutors will do everything in their power to convict you. As trusted Michigan OWI defense lawyers, we know that mistakes are frequently made in the criminal justice system, which may work to your advantage. We will thoroughly investigate the details of your case to ensure the best possible defense, and discovery of any errors made by police or prosecutors.
Sentencing for Second DUI Offense
If convicted on charges of driving under the influence, OWI, OUIL, DWI, or any related charge for a second time within 7 years of a first conviction, you will face serious penalties. Some of the penalties you may be subject to include:
- Minimum one year driver's license revocation
- Jail time of between 5 days and one year
- Court ordered to perform 30 to 90 days of community service
- Mandatory attendance at a drunk driving school or program
- Fines of up to $1,000
- Vehicle immobilization and/or seizure
- 6 points added to your driver's license
- Driver responsibility fees for two consecutive years upon reinstatement of your license
On top of all of this, there is no guarantee your license will be restored after the one-year revocation period has expired. In Michigan, it is illegal to operate a vehicle in public, or any place accessible by the general public, while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any substance that may impair your ability to drive in a safe manner. When facing charges of DUI, contact Grabel & Associates for solid, effective legal guidance and support.
Contact Michigan DUI Defense Attorney Scott Grabel Today
Not only do serious penalties result from a DUI conviction, your life is affected in other ways as well. A criminal record will impede you ability to secure employment; your current career and/or reputation may be ruined. In Michigan, DUI sentencing for a second offense should not be taken lightly.
We are available 24/7, and ready to begin work on your case immediately. With the right defense attorney, loss of your freedom and other criminal penalties can often be avoided. Contact our office now for a free evaluation by calling 1-800-342-7896.