Second DUI Defense in Oakland County

If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, you already understand how heavily the charges can affect your life. Unfortunately, if it happens to you again, you’re now facing much more stringent penalties. This is a very serious crime in which the accused gets very little sympathy from the judge or prosecutor. The state of Michigan takes a proactive approach to keep drunk drivers off the street, and this often means coming down hard on repeat offenders. State penalties for a second DUI include:

  • A maximum jail sentence of one year.
  • A fine of up to $1,000 along with additional court costs.
  • 6 points added to your driving record.
  • License revocation for life without the chance of appeal for one year.
  • Vehicle forfeiture.
  • An ignition interlock device.

These penalties may seem daunting directly after an arrest, but there’s a chance you can have them reduced or the charges thrown out altogether. I’m Attorney J. Dallo and I understand what it takes to formulate a successful defense strategy against a second DUI charge. Many attorneys convince their clients to take a plea deal instead of fighting before a jury. This ensures they won’t have to put in the work required to go to trial. I take a much more aggressive approach to my clients’ cases. In addition, I make it a point to take on fewer clients so I can provide higher quality representation. When you hire me, you’ll get my full attention. I’ll build a custom-tailored defense based on the circumstances of your arrest.

Conditions Surrounding a Second DUI Conviction

When you’re arrested for a second DUI, there’s a good chance you feel like you have nowhere to turn. However, it’s important to understand some of the laws surrounding this crime. In Michigan, you’ll only be charged with a second DUI if your previous one occurred within the last seven years. If your first DUI happened more than seven years ago, you’ll only receive first-time DUI penalties if convicted. However, after this second charge, the rule no longer applies. A third arrest will result in extremely harsh penalties.  

It’s also important to understand that if your first charge involved “Operating Under the Influence of Liquor” (OUIL), “Operating While Visibly Impaired” (OWVI), or “Operating With the Presence of Drugs” (OWPD), you’re still facing your second DUI offense. This means you’re subject to the state penalties if convicted. In order to prevent this from happening, I’ll look closely at the details of your arrest and devise an aggressive defense strategy that has your best interests in mind.

Let Me Defend Your Rights

When you hire me, I’ll scrutinize every aspect of your case, including the traffic stop, arrest, and booking. Many times police fail to follow proper arrest procedures, which could mean the case may be dismissed. As I’m building your defense, I’ll take the following steps to ensure all our bases are covered.

  • I’ll get a first-hand account of your arrest from you to determine if your rights were violated.
  • Breathalyzer, field sobriety, and chemical tests are sometimes conducted improperly or in a way that violates the accused rights. I’ll determine if this occurred during your arrest.
  • If the police coerced you into making a confession, I may be able to use this as a means of getting the charges dropped.
  • I’ll examine any police dashcam footage to ensure all evidence was properly collected and that the police followed protocol.
  •  I’ll look at toxicology reports, talk to witnesses, and review police reports for inconsistencies.
  • If I feel evidence against you is inadmissible, I’ll have it thrown out.

While I’m not afraid to take a second DUI case to court, sometimes the accused is ready to admit their guilt. If you know you were at fault and would like to plead guilty, I can still help you. I have a reputation in Oakland County as a knowledge, highly experienced attorney. Judges and prosecutors recognize me as a lawyer who represents upstanding, hard-working citizens. I’ll negotiate on your behalf to have the punishment reduced so you can move on with your life as soon as possible.

Contact Second DUI Defense Lawyer Dallo for Representation After a Second DUI

If you’ve been arrested for a second DUI in Oakland County, you’re facing harsh penalties that could severely impact your life. Let me fight for your rights and provide a concrete defense geared towards reducing your punishment or getting the case dismissed altogether. I have extensive experience handling DUI cases and know what to expect out of judges and prosecutors. Contact Attorney J. Dallo at (248) 283-7000 to discuss your options. 

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