Multiple DUI Defense In Oakland County
Drunk driving is a serious crime that puts both the perpetrator and other drivers in danger. Sometimes an individual is charged with a DUI after accidentally having a little too much to drink and assuming they were okay to drive. Many times, these are isolated incidents and the first-time offender never gets in trouble with the law again. However, some less fortunate people are arrested repeatedly for drunk driving. Each time a DUI arrest occurs, these individuals face much more serious penalties than they did before. In these cases, tough criminal defense representation is essential.
I am Attorney J. Dallo and I have defended many people throughout Oakland County who have received multiple DUIs. I understand what kind of trouble these individuals are in and make it a point to use my criminal law expertise and reputation to have their sentences reduced or the charges dropped if their rights were violated. I work directly with each of my clients and never hand their case off to an associate. If this is not your first DUI and you are worried about your future, then I can form an effective defense strategy that returns hope to a stressful situation.
The Different Impaired Driving Offenses in Michigan
The state of Michigan is a little different than other states with regard to impaired driving. Under the umbrella of DUI, there are a number of other offenses. Each one of these crimes may carry slightly different penalties and require a unique defense approach. Part of my job involves examining the charges against you and coming up with the best defense for the particular impaired driving offense. Here is a breakdown of the different crimes Michigan recognizes.
- OWI – This stands for “Operating While Intoxicated,” and is the same as a DUI. If your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is at or above 0.08%, you will be arrested and charged.
- OWVI – This stands for “Operating While Visibly Impaired.” You can be arrested and charged for this crime if a police officer observes you and feels you are not fit to operate a vehicle.
- OWPD – This stands for “Operating With the Presence of Drugs,” and means your driving ability is impaired by the use of a Schedule 1 narcotic.
- UBAL – This means “Unlawful Bodily Alcohol Content” and is a designation used to indicate your BAC is over the legal limit.
Because these are all considered impaired driving offenses, the penalties will increase even if you have been arrested multiple times for different crimes. For example, if you have a prior DUI conviction and get charged with OWVI, then you are still facing much more strict penalties than you would if you were a first-time offender.
Penalties for Multiple DUI Offenses
Even a first-time DUI conviction carries the possibility of harsh penalties. However, it is much easier to complete your punishment and move on with your life. When you are facing a second or third charge, things become very complicated. In fact, after a third DUI charge, there is a bigger risk of prison time. It is my goal to fight as hard as I can to ensure this does not happen. I can also negotiate for lighter fines and work to ensure you can resume your normal life in the face of the following penalties:
A Second DUI Conviction
This comes with possible jail time of anywhere from five days to one year. A fine of no less than $200 and no more than $1,000 will be imposed. In addition, you may have to serve a minimum of 30 days to a maximum of 90 days of community service. A judge may also order an interlock device to be placed on your car or have your vehicle immobilized.
A Third DUI Conviction
If you are charged with a third DUI, then you could face from one to five years in prison. You may also have to pay a fine of anywhere from $500 to $5,000. This charge also carries a 30-day probation period in combination with a maximum jail time of one year. You may also face no less than 30 and no more than 180 days of community service. Like a second DUI, there is a possibility of an interlock device or the immobilization of your car.
Contact Attorney J. Dallo for DUI Defense in Oakland County
Sometimes an old DUI charge can come back to haunt you if you are arrested again. Without the proper defense, you could be looking at costly fines, probation, the loss of your vehicle, and even jail time. That is why you need me in your corner. I can look at the details of your arrest and determine if your rights were violated as a result of procedural errors. If the case against you is solid, then I will fight hard to have the punishment reduced so you can move past the event as soon as possible. Contact Attorney J. Dallo at (248) 283-7000 to discuss your options.