DWI Third or Subsequent Offense
It will come as no surprise to you that if you have been charged with your third or subsequent DWI offense, you’re treading in legal hot water. The penalties are drastic and severe. If convicted of a third or subsequent DWI you will be subjected to a mandatory 10 year loss of license and 1-3 years installation of an ignition interlock device following the restoration of your license. Even worse, there is a mandatory 180 days (6 month) jail sentence. The impact on your life will be significant.
Even more so then for a first or second DWI offense, choosing the right attorney to represent you is crucial. An experienced DWI defense attorney understands that a third or subsequent offense will involve difficult challenges. At LS&P Lawyers, we focus our attention on choosing the proper defense strategy for your case. We find this to be the most important factor in achieving an optimal result for our clients.
In our three decades of experience, when we represent a client faced with a third or subsequent DWI offense, we first take a look back at their prior convictions. If the procedures in the prior proceedings were not carried out properly or your rights were not protected, we may be able to negate the prior conviction(s). In other words, in the event of a conviction, you will be sentenced according to the guidelines for a second or possibly even first offense.
Contact us to arrange an initial consultation. There we will begin to review the details of the present offense as well as the details of your prior convictions. Specifically, when looking at the prior proceedings we will investigate, among other considerations:
- Whether you were represented by an attorney
- If you were not, whether you were aware of your right to an attorney
- If you were represented by attorney, did that attorney adequately represent you?
- Was there a procedural flaw in the case that should have resulted in a dismissal?
Depending on the circumstances, we can nullify the prior conviction. Although fighting a third or subsequent DWI charge is much more difficult than a first or even second offense, our years of experience and qualifications has allowed us to develop successful defensive tactics on behalf of our clients. We have been successful on numerous occasions in getting our clients not guilty verdicts or sentenced to the lesser penalties. We will challenge the State’s case from every angle and leave no stone unturned.