Second DUI Offense
It is essential that you obtain legal counsel if you are facing your second DUI charge in your lifetime. The consequences for a second or more DUI conviction are much harsher than the consequences for a first offense. An experienced DUI lawyer can help reduce or avoid these serious consequences.
With us by your side, you can trust that you will walk away from this situation with the best possible outcome. Call us now for a free case evaluation and to see how we can help you.
Penalties for a Repeat DUI in Denver
Driving under the influence (DUI) charges, whether for a first-offense DUI or a subsequent offense, can carry harsh penalties. The state legislature enacted tough penalties for a first-time DUI with the goal deterring repeat offenses. If you have been arrested for driving under the influence for a second time, however, you are at risk of receiving an even more severe sentence than the one you were subjected to for the first offense.
First and foremost, any conviction for DUI or DWAI beyond a first offense requires mandatory jail under Colorado law. With that said, there are avenues that an attorney can take to reduce these consequences. In certain cases, we can avoid these penalties altogether, and in other cases, we can help a client gain sentencing options other than actual jail. This is called alternative sentencing and is allowed under Colorado law in some situations.
In addition to an increased likelihood of jail time, a second DUI arrest is punishable by an administrative driver's license suspension lasting for a full year. Here, it can also be helpful to have an attorney helping to ensure that you receive the best possible outcome.
Even when you get your license back, you may be ordered to install and use an ignition interlock device (IID). This device is essentially a breathalyzer machine that will require you to prove that you have not been drinking by providing a breath sample before you can start the car. IID's also usually require drivers to pass "rolling tests" while driving, and if the driver fails such a test the lights will flash and the horn will honk in order to alert law enforcement. With so much at stake, you need to hire a criminal defense attorney without any delay.
Hire a Denver DUI Attorney Now
There are certain rights that you have that must be preserved within days of your arrest. Don't let the fact that you have previously been convicted prevent you from taking effective action now to defend your case. The burden of proof is on the prosecutor to establish the fact that you did commit the crime of driving under the influence, and we have extensive experience with the strategies that can be used to make that task difficult or impossible.