While some people only make the mistake of drinking and driving once, other people, especially those who may struggle with alcoholism or may otherwise be unable to stop drinking, may fall into the same pattern repeatedly. If you are facing a second DUI offense in Arizona, it’s important to know how this process will vary from the first time. This will help you figure out what to do if you are facing these charges for a second time so you can properly prepare and get the help you need to fight the charges.
A Repeat Offender
Once you are cited for a second DUI, you are considered a repeat offender, which creates a new list of potential consequences for your actions. This is particularly true if your first offense occurred less than five years prior. This puts you as a danger to the roadways and prosecutors are much more likely to go after the maximum consequences inn your case. This means you will need the representation of an experienced lawyer on your side. You should contact us as soon as you know you are going to be charged with a second DUI so you can get started on your case right away.
Potential Other Charges
Unfortunately, when you’re facing a second DUI, you could find yourself facing additional charges. First and foremost, the penalties for a second DUI will be stricter, including losing your license, paying up to $5,000 in fines and/or spending up to five years in jail. In some instances, you may be granted a special hardship license, but this will require the use of an ignition lock for at least a year. The responsibility for the cost and installation of this device will fall on you. In addition, you could also be charged with assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault. This could result in felony charges, which carry greater consequences.
How We Can Help
Because you already have a prior DUI, the judge and prosecution may already be biased against you, more likely to convict you. However, we can ensure you get a fair trial as everyone is entitled to so you have the best chance at a positive outcome for your case. We will aggressively defend your rights and give you the representation you need to get a fair trial. We work hard to increase the chances your charges will be reduced or even dismissed. When you consult with us, we will give you a straightforward answer and help you get started on your case.