Once you are arrested and convicted of any driving under the influence (DUI) offense in Arizona, the court system will keep a record that cannot be erased—even if you go through the process of having it “set aside.” If you are convicted of DUI again, the record of your past conviction could come back to haunt you in the form of increased criminal and administrative penalties, potentially including a lengthy jail term.
Anyone facing charges for second-offense DUI in Glendale should contact legal counsel immediately. The consequences of a repeat conviction can be severe, but support from a seasoned attorney at Grand Canyon Law Group can help you minimize the penalties you face. We will fight for the best outcome possible and work to protect your future.
The criminal sanctions associated with a second-time DUI conviction in Glendale depend on the specific charge. “Regular” DUI charges involve someone having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) between 0.08 and 0.15 percent or simply being “impaired” based on a police officer’s opinion. These convictions could lead to a minimum 90-day jail term (which can be reduced to 30 days based on completion of alcohol screening) as well as a minimum $3,000 fine.
“Extreme” DUI charges involve a measured BAC between 0.15 and 0.2 percent; the minimum sanctions are 120 days of jail time (with at least 90 days served consecutively) and a $3,250 fine. “Super extreme” DUI charges—which entail a BAC over 0.20 percent—carry even harsher penalties for second-time offenders: a 180-day minimum jail term with 90 days to be served consecutively and a minimum $3,750 fine.
Second-time aggravated DUI charges—which can arise under a number of circumstances—are typically class 4 felonies punishable by between 2.25 and 7.5 years in prison. The sentencing guidelines for second-time DUI offenses can be confusing, making it essential to consult a knowledgeable Glendale lawyer at our firm.
Most second-offense misdemeanor DUI convictions will result in a minimum driver’s license suspension of one year—much longer than the 90-day suspension associated with first-time convictions. Once that license suspension ends, the defendant must have ignition interlock devices (IIDs) installed in all their personal vehicles for at least 18 months.
On top of that, second-time DUI offenders usually must have an “SR-22” provision added to their car insurance records, which can lead to several thousands of dollars more per year for car insurance coverage. A court may impose other requirements on convicted defendants, such as community service, alcohol abuse classes and treatment, and a lengthy term of probation. To mitigate these penalties and protect one’s way of life, work with a Glendale lawyer experienced in defending second-time DUI charges.
Getting convicted of DUI can be immensely disruptive to every part of your life, and a second conviction can have exponentially greater consequences. You will likely have difficulty contesting your charge and avoiding significant penalties without qualified legal representation.
Let a skilled attorney help you deal with a second-offense DUI in Glendale. At Grand Canyon Law Group, our legal team is dedicated to fighting for your rights, freedom, and future. Contact our office as soon as possible to set up a consultation.