The Seriousness Of Second And Third DUI Charges
Even with a conviction, you may soon return to life as it was before a first-time driving under the influence (DUI) arrest. A second or third DUI arrest is a different matter altogether. If convicted, you may lose your driving privileges for a very long time and go to prison.
Attorney Kent Balduchi works closely with clients from Des Moines, Ankeny and throughout Iowa in a respectful manner. He applies his knowledge and experience to the challenge of mitigating the damage after a DUI arrest.
Understanding Your Options
A favorable outcome may come about by reopening the case of your first DUI conviction. It may also mean examining in great detail the circumstances of your current charges, including:
- The traffic stop: Did the police officer have probable cause to pull you over?
- Blood alcohol tests and/or sobriety tests (breath, blood, urine and/or performance tests such as “walk the line”): Were they administered lawfully? Is there reason to doubt the validity of the results?
Only a detailed review of your DUI arrest will allow Mr. Balduchi to determine weak points in the prosecution’s case and plan an aggressive defense on your behalf.
Stiff Penalties For Second Or Third Offense DUI Conviction
The penalties for a second or third DUI or operating while intoxicated (OWI) conviction may include:
- For a second drunk driving conviction: Seven days to two years in jail; fines amounting to thousands of dollars; driver’s license suspension of one or more years
- For a third drunk driving conviction: Felony classification and criminal record; 30 days to five years in jail; driver’s license suspension of up to six years
Other consequences may include required ignition interlock devices, vehicle impoundment and mandatory substance abuse evaluation and/or treatment.
Get A No-Obligation Consultation
Ultimately, Mr. Balduchi aims to give the accused a fair chance at a strong defense. Call 515-954-3586 or toll-free at 800-405-7921, or email Balduchi Law Office, PC, through this website to schedule a consultation.