Repeat Offenses

DUI Representation in Marietta

Each year, hundreds of people are killed and many more are seriously injured and require hospitalization after a collision with a drunk driver. It is easy to see why law enforcement is so persistent on cracking down on drunk drivers. If you have been arrested, you need to act quickly to retain the representation of a dedicated Marietta criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible – especially if this is not your first offense.

Repeat offenders are estimated to contribute to 12% of fatal motor vehicle accidents in the United States. It is important to note that each time you are convicted of a DUI after your first offense, your penalties will increase as well as the length of time your license will be suspended and the amount of fines and the length of incarceration. At The Merchant Law Firm, we understand that this time in your life may be frustrating, but with the guidance of our team, you may be able to receive a favorable outcome for your repeat DUI charges.

Penalties for Repeat Offenders

If you are 21 and over and this is your second, third or fourth DUI in the last year, you will be facing harsh penalties. Without the representation of an attorney, your penalties may include:

Second Time Offenders
Those who have been arrested once before can face a minimum of three days in jail, but could possibly have up to a year behind bars. Your license suspension will be at least three years, with a $200 or more fine to reinstatement your license and you will need to get an Ignition Interlock Device installed into your vehicle.

Third Time Offenders
Third time offenders will not only have a minimum jail sentence of fifteen days and pay a fine of at least $1,000, but they will also face five years of license suspension and mandatory community service hours. You will be required to keep the Interlock Ignition Device in your vehicle and be forced to pay a fine of at least $210 dollars to reinstate your license.

Fourth Time Offenders
If this is your fourth arrest, you will be charged with a felony offense. Minimum jail time is one year and you will be required to carry out at least sixty days of community service hours. Your license may be revoked for an extended period of time that may be left up to the discretion of a judge.

You need an aggressive Marietta criminal defense attorney!

If you are found operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol and you are a repeat offender, you need to contact The Merchant Law Firm right away. Repeat offenders are heavily penalized in Georgia and you run the risk of having your charges elevated from a misdemeanor to a felony charge plus the chance that you will have other charges placed against you. You need to protect your driving privileges and your freedoms by working with an aggressive Marietta criminal defense attorney from our firm. We have over two decades of legal experience and our firm may be able to assist you in obtaining a favorable outcome for your case. Contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation.