About Prior DUI Convictions in DUI Cases
If you have a prior DUI conviction, any subsequent convictions can have enhanced penalties. If this is your situation, you should never go to court without a Gwinnett County DUI attorney. The attorneys of the firm have assisted many clients with multiple DUI convictions in Lawrenceville and other areas of Gwinnett County.
When you are facing subsequent DUI charges it will be extremely important to examine all of the aspects of your case in order to formulate an effective DUI defense. This can include determining if the initial police stop was valid, and whether breath and blood test results or testimony regarding field sobriety tests should be admissible in court. Due to the severity of multiple DUI charges, it is of the utmost importance that the current or any past DUI convictions be fought so that you do not face exponentially worse penalties.
Anyone arrested who has a prior conviction for DUI within the past 5 years can face the following:
- Possible 90 days – 1 Year in jail
- Possible 3 year driver's license suspension
- Up to $1000 in fines
- Court mandated drug or alcohol Risk Reduction Program
- Clinical Evaluation
- 1 year probation minus days spent in jail
- Newspaper publication fee of $25 in Gwinnett County
- Required Ignition Interlock Device, if after 6 months one is allowed to drive on a restricted license
The consequences of any DUI conviction are very severe. When you are convicted for a second or third DUI, you could suffer very serious penalties. Conviction of a fourth DUI is a felony. A felony on your record could cause you to experience difficulty getting a job, loan or even housing. After a felony conviction, you are required by law to answer yes to the question on any application, “have you ever been convicted of a felony?” Potential employers may run a background check on you when considering you for hire and may pass over you considering you too risky to hire.
DUI Lawyer in Gwinnett County
At the Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson, the legal team understands the complexities and sheer severity of DUI charges. An attorney may be able to assist you in fighting your charges and preventing an additional conviction on your record. Your life and future are too important to leave in the hands of an inexperienced lawyer. Contact the firm today to discuss your legal options if you are facing your second, third, fourth or subsequent DUI charge.
Contact a Gwinnett County DUI lawyer from the firm today for a free initial case evaluation.