Virginia Felony DUI Defense Lawyer – 2nd & 3rd Offense
A first DUI conviction is one thing. Being convicted of drunk driving a second, third or fourth time can lead to larger fines, longer license suspension periods and mandatory jail time. A third offense DUI is charged as a felony and can greatly impact your future.
Protect your rights. Safeguard your future. Fight your charges. Contact a felony DUI defense lawyer in Virginia Beach. We defend clients facing repeat drunk driving charges in Virginia Beach, Norfolk and throughout Virginia.
Multiple Offense DUI Penalties
The penalties you face for a second DUI offense or felony DUI are much greater than a first DUI and depend on the amount of alcohol you had in your blood (blood alcohol content, or BAC) and whether you were driving with someone under 18 years old in your car. A felony DUI charge carries mandatory jail time of at least six months. If convicted, you will also lose your Virginia license for at least three years.
Even more importantly, a Virginia DUI felony conviction operates as any other felony; it leads to lifelong convicted felony status. A felony on your record can affect your job prospects, rental applications and much more.
There Are Defenses Available to You
Reading about the DUI penalties doesn’t mean anything unless there is something you can do to fight them. The word “mandatory” is intimidating, but a conviction is not mandatory, only the sentence a judge must give you if the prosecutors charge you with felony DUI. At Garrett Law Group, PLC, our DUI defense lawyers work to proactively fight your DUI charges. The sooner we begin to investigate your case, the better your chances.
We will determine whether the police officer had probable cause to pull you over. Was the field sobriety test or breath test administered appropriately? Was the Breathalyzer working properly?
Even if the evidence is not in your favor, our criminal defense attorneys will aggressively negotiate with the prosecutor to reduce your sentence or plea bargain for a lesser charge. We can also represent you in yourlicense revocation/suspension hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
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Contact our law office online or by phone at 757-422-4646 to schedule a free consultation with a Virginia Beach DUI defense attorney. We defend clients in Virginia Beach, Norfolk and throughout Virginia.