Fairfax Lawyer Defending Second and Third DUI Charges
If you have two or more previous convictions for drunk driving, you may be charged with a felony DUI. Not only do the penalties become more severe, but you may also wind up with a felony criminal record that will follow you for life. In addition, the clock starts ticking on certain rights you have as soon as you are placed under arrest. You do not want to waive those rights due to missed deadlines. That is why it is important to seek help from a Fairfax repeat DUI defense attorney right away.
If you are facing felony drunk driving charges, the legal team at the Law Office of Anthony H. Nourse, PLC, is prepared to help. Contact us online or call 703-659-2450 for a free initial consultation. Se habla español. We make jail visits.
Consequences of a Felony DUI Charge
Not every DUI arrest will lead to a felony DUI charge. However, you will face felony charges if you have been arrested four or more times for DUI, or if it is your third DUI arrest within 10 years. Even cases that are not charged as a felony can result in severe punishments. For example, a second DUI charge within five years will result in mandatory jail time. In addition, mandatory jail time will be ordered if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is measured at .15 or higher.
In addition to jail time, other penalties may come into effect such as heavy fines, installation of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, and license suspension or license restrictions. If you are convicted of a felony, your criminal record will make it difficult to find employment, qualify for certain loans and obtain housing. It is crucial to have our Manassas criminal defense attorney protect your rights.
You Do Not Have to Plead Guilty
Just because you have been convicted of DUI/DWI previously does not mean you are guilty if you are pulled over again. Additionally, just because you may be found guilty a second time does not mean the first offense should have any bearing on the sentencing for the second.
If the Commonwealth of Virginia attempts to punish you more severely for a second or third offense, there are a number of elements that must be proven regarding your first conviction. We understand how to attack these elements and will work hard to prevent previous convictions from be used against you. We will seek out any weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and seek the most positive outcome available to you.
Call for a Free Consultation With a Manassas Felony DWI Defense Attorney
If you are facing felony DUI charges or are being threatened with enhanced penalties, it is important to get experienced legal help right away. Contact us online or call 703-659-2450 to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case.