Defense against Repeat Offender DUI Charges

If you are facing your second or third DUI charge, it may seem that the cards are stacked against you. In Arizona, with its very strict DUI laws, officials are willing to take harsh measures to keep repeat offenders off the road. It is all too easy to feel that you are “guilty until proven innocent” in a court of law. Fortunately, if you are facing repeat offender DUI charges in the greater Phoenix area, attorney James E. Novak is ready to fight for you. Novak is a skilled criminal defense lawyer and a former prosecutor, who for years has focused primarily on DUI cases. He is dedicated to defending your freedom and Constitutional rights, and he has a long track record of having his clients’ charges reduced or dismissed. If you are facing DUI charges, contact the law office of James Novak today to schedule a consultation.

Repeat Offender Penalties

A DUI conviction has serious consequences, even when it is just your first conviction. If you are found guilty a second or third time, the punishment becomes correspondingly more severe. In fact, if committed within seven years of the original charge, a third offense can be considered a felony DUI.

Non-extreme DUI Charges

A first-time non-extreme DUI charge is punishable by at least a day in jail, more than $1,250 in fines, a 90-day license suspension, and installation of an ignition interlock device. But a second conviction is punishable by at least 30 days in jail, more than $1,700 in fines, a one-year suspension of your license, and an ignition interlock device.

Extreme DUI Charges

Having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15% or greater can result in at least 30 days in jail, more than $2,000 in fines, a 90-day license suspension, and an ignition interlock device. These penalties are more severe in the event of a second extreme DUI conviction: at least 120 days in jail, more than $3,000 in fines, a one-year license suspension, and an ignition interlock device.

Super Extreme DUI Charges

If you are cited with a BAC of .20% or greater, it can result in at least 45 days in jail, more than $6,000 in fines, a 90-day license suspension, and an ignition interlock device. However, a second super extreme DUI can result in at least 180 days in jail, more than $17,000 in fines, a one-year license suspension, and an ignition interlock device.

Aggravated DUI

If you are charged with a third DUI within 7 years, or charged with a DUI while driving with a suspended license, it can result in a felony DUI charge, or aggravated DUI. This is punishable by at least 4 months in prison, more than $150,000 in fines, a three-year license suspension, and an ignition interlock device.

Contact James Novak Today

If you are facing a second or third DUI charge, you need the most experienced legal assistance available. Attorney James E. Novak has an intimate knowledge of this specialized branch of criminal law, and will work tirelessly in your defense. Known for his vast experience and success in the courtroom, Novak has successfully defended clients across greater Phoenix area. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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