While many people in law enforcement are more likely to regard a first DUI arrest as a one-time mistake, that sympathy disappears for second or third arrests. The penalties also become much harsher.
For a second, third, fourth or fifth DUI arrest, it is essential to contact an attorney as quickly as possible. At the Erie, Pennsylvania, law firm Conner Riley Friedman & Weichler, we emphasize finding workable solutions to preserve your freedom. With experienced trial lawyers on staff, we understand how to approach these cases and find the best possible course of action.
What Is At Stake
In Pennsylvania, there is no mandatory jail time for a first-time offense. With a second offense, however, you will have to spend at least five days in jail if your BAC was between .08 and .10. If your BAC was between .10 and .16, you will have to spend at least 30 days in jail. A second conviction with a BAC higher than .16 will mean at least 90 days behind bars.
We will fight repeat DUI charges much the same way we do first-time charges. We will examine any sobriety tests conducted and determine whether police had probable cause to stop you.
In New York, the penalties become much more severe for a subsequent conviction. A second DWI or aggravated DWI (BAC higher than .18) could mean up to four years in jail and a license suspension of at least a year. A third conviction could mean up to seven years behind bars.
Contact Conner Riley Friedman & Weichler Today
Our firm will conduct a thorough investigation into the facts of your arrest before we decide to take your case. If it appears that you do not have a strong case to make at trial, we will work hard to limit the negative consequences of your arrest. This could include seeking treatment for alcoholism.
To learn more about your options, contact us online or call 814-240-3339 today to schedule a free consultation.