Defense In Second-Offense DUI Cases Throughout Grand Rapids

A second DUI arrest is a serious juncture in your life. If you are convicted, your driver's license will be revoked for one year. Your car may be impounded for a period of time, or even seized. If you are picked up for a third drunk driving offense, you will be facing felony charges.

Multiple DUIs Require An Experienced Lawyer

I am Grand Rapids DUI second-offense lawyer James Champion. If you have been charged with drunk driving in western Michigan, I offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case and possible defenses.

Drunk driving is commonly referred to as DUI (driving under the influence) or DWI (driving while intoxicated). However, in Michigan the charge is known as OWI (operating while intoxicated) or OWVI (operating while visibly impaired).

Avoiding A Second DUI/OWI Conviction

The best way to avoid a second DUI conviction is to avoid having a first conviction. You may think that you have learned your lesson after a first arrest and that you will never put yourself in a position where you will be arrested again. However, a single event, such as a party after work, can result in life-changing consequences if you have a prior conviction.

What Are The Penalties For Repeat Drunk Driving Offenses

The penalties for having multiple OWIs increase dramatically over your first offense. They include:

  • One year revocation of your driving privileges
  • Mandatory drunk driving classes and rehabilitation
  • 30-90 days of community service
  • Five days to one year in jail (possibly more if aggravating factors are found)

  • Increased fines from your first offense

After your one year license revocation is up, you have the right to request a hearing to have your license reinstated, but there is no guarantee that you will be able to drive again. This makes it imperative to enlist the help of an experienced OWI defense lawyer if you have been charged with a second drunk driving offense in the Grand Rapids area. Preventing the conviction can drastically help your future.

Defenses In DUI Cases

If you don't fight a DUI arrest, you may spend the rest of your life regretting it. Only people who hire an aggressive defense attorney will have a chance of avoiding consequences such as fines, driver responsibility fees, high-risk insurance and driver's license revocation.

There are many defenses in DUI cases. Police officers make mistakes, whether in analyzing the justification for stopping you or how they conducted the field sobriety or Breathalyzer test. If the police made mistakes in your case, the charges can be dismissed.

Consult With An Experienced Lawyer In Grand Rapids Regarding Repeat DUIs

The sooner you contact an attorney, the better off you'll be. There is no cost to discuss your case with me, attorney James Champion. To schedule a telephone or in-person consultation, call 888-898-5831 or fill out the contact form on this website.