Chances are, if you’re facing your second DUI charge, you already know that you’re facing some very serious legal issues. Even if you managed to get off light on your first DUI charge, someone should have made very clear to you what the potential consequences of a second DUI could be.
None of that matters if you’re already facing the charge, though. What’s important now is to make sure you have the best representation possible so that you can face the charge and receive the best possible results.
While a DUI is handled differently from one state to the next, it is considered a very serious problem throughout the United States, and is a charge which few judges are inclined to show clemency on. If you are facing a DUI charge, especially if it is your second DUI, you need to contact a tough, experienced DUI attorney right away.
The sooner you have someone on your case, the more time they will have to build a defense for you. Make sure the attorney you use limits his practice to DUI defense and that he has a proven track record with second DUI cases.
DUIs are treated differently from one state to the next, but wherever you are, you can count on the court system to take a second DUI offense very seriously. You need a seasoned DUI defense attorney who takes your defense and your rights just as seriously as the court takes your offense.
Using an experienced DUI attorney who is local to your area is key. A local attorney who limits his practice to DUI defense will be familiar with the judges in the area, and can make qualified recommendations to you based on experience with those judges and how they have handled second DUI charges in the past.
Every court situation is different, and there’s never a guarantee that you will be able to beat a second DUI charge or even that you will receive a light sentence, but having an attorney who limits his practice to DUI cases gives you the best chances of the best possible outcome given your situation.
Be prepared for any plea bargain your lawyer is able to work out for you to include some form of alcohol abuse classes or AA meetings. Even if you don’t believe you have a serious drinking problem (and perhaps you don’t; the legal limit for blood alcohol content is significantly below the level which would indicate a high degree of intoxication in many states) you will want to fully comply with your attorney’s suggestions to enter some form of alcohol abuse treatment before your case makes it to trial.