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If you receive a second DUI charge, the stakes are high. You need Denver’s best DUI defense team on your side. DUI Law Firm Denver represents clients facing a second DUI charge with a strong and proven defense strategy.
If It’s been over five years since your last DUI, the chance for a positive outcome is better. Yet, you still face harsh consequences. After the experience with your first DUI, you know the penalties for a second DUI may include fines, a license suspension period, community service, and even days in jail.

Don’t wait. You need the help of a criminal defense lawyer specializing in drunk driving cases. The DUI Law Firm Denver team acts as soon as we receive your case. Call today!

The Right Defense Team for a Second-Offense DUI Outside of 5 Years

In Colorado, a prior DUI conviction from any state counts against you when facing a new DUI charge. The current DUI charge counts as a subsequent offense, even after five years without an alcohol-related violation. However, the right defense team can fight for you to receive a lesser penalty when the new offense is outside of the five-year timeframe.

We’ll work to achieve:

  • Avoiding the loss of driving privileges
  • Protecting your driving record
  • Reducing the period of time in jail or no jail time
  • Plea bargain to safeguard your interests

No matter how long it’s been since your first DUI, don’t expect the law enforcement officer, prosecutor, or judge to go easy on you. In fact, with a second DUI, you’ll face harsher penalties than with your first DUI. Most states, including Colorado, take drinking and driving seriously, which means severe consequences.

After five years, the charge for a second DUI is a misdemeanor unless involving serious bodily injury or fatal crashes due to a high blood alcohol content. Then, the charges could become a felony.

Penalties for DUI Second Offense

Penalties for a Second DUI Conviction:

  • Minimum jail time of 10 days to a maximum jail sentence of one year
  • Fine up to $1,500 and reinstatement fee
  • Driving revocation for one year, including commercial driver licenses
  • Up to 120 hours of community service
  • Mandatory alcohol education classes or alcohol treatment
  • Probation, including the potential use of an ignition interlock device

The one good thing if it’s been over five years since your first DUI offense is the judge has more discretion for sentencing. When a second DUI occurs within five years, you receive a mandatory minimum sentence of at least ten days.

If you are employed or in school at the time of the offense, the judge is likely to give you a sentence that allows you to continue working or going to school.

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What if I Refuse the Breath Test?

Refusal to submit to a blood alc0ohol test for a second DUI offense carries the same consequences as a refusal for a first DUI offense. While you have no legal obligation to participate in a roadside sobriety test, you must submit to the chemical test once an arrest takes place.

Refusing the chemical test will result in license revocation. Plus, if found guilty of driving with an elevated blood alcohol concentration, you will still face the consequences of a DUI.

Contact [dui-law-firm] right away to give yourself the best chance of a strong defense.

Is It Worth Getting an Attorney for a Second DUI Offense?

If convicted of a previous DUI offense, then yes, you need the expertise of an attorney. An experienced DUI lawyer knows what evidence law enforcement might present during their investigation into your past offenses. They also know how to challenge the results of field sobriety tests and breathalyzer readings.

An attorney who specializes in defending DUIs understands all aspects of this process to provide effective representation every step of the way. [dui-law-firm] offers the best defense to protect your rights and freedom.

What Happens When You Get a DUI for the Second Time?

When pulled over for a second DUI, the process is the same as for a first DUI. The officer will ask you to submit to a field sobriety test. Then, chemical testing will determine your blood alcohol level. Once arrested, you will go to jail. It’s best to seek the help of a DUI lawyer quickly.

A conviction for a second DUI offense may carry additional fines, jail time, points against your driving record, days of community service, and other criminal penalties. If property damage or personal injury occurs, you will face additional penalties, including minimum jail sentences and a probation period.

With a strong defense on your side, we can work together toward a better outcome.

What to Expect from DUI Law Firm Denver

The lawyers at [dui-law-firm] have extensive experience helping clients with criminal charges. We advise you from the start on the best action to take. For example, we may recommend you not submit a guilty plea.

We know when our clients face a second DUI charge that stress levels elevate. That’s why it’s critical to have calm and knowledgeable lawyers ready to help. We work toward the dismissal of charges, a plea agreement, or another favorable outcome.

When you work with DUI Law Firm Denver, expect top results!

  • We work as a team from the moment we receive your call to defend your case.
  • We work hard to settle cases out of court. We file the necessary paperwork and work on your behalf to avoid administrative penalties, like losing driving privileges, high fines, and other potential penalties.
  • We take a scientific approach and use our technical knowledge to question the sobriety test and alcohol screening results. Using the science behind the prosecutor’s evidence, we position your case for the best possible outcome.
  • If your case does go to court, we send two attorneys to represent your case. This team approach makes a more vigorous defense to help you get the best results. With a second DUI offense outside of five years, it’s even more critical to have the right team on your side to avoid incarceration.

DUI Offenses Within Five Years

A conviction within five years of the sentencing date is subject to the same penalties as someone who has a similar conviction outside of five years. The only difference is the mandatory jail term. If the single prior offense is within five years, the judge cannot impose non-incarceration sentencing alternatives, such as in-home detention, day reporting, or electronic home monitoring.

Therefore, a client convicted of DUIDWAI, or DUI per se under these circumstances will serve at least ten consecutive days as an inmate in the country jail. There are minimal exceptions to this mandatory jail term.

The judge may allow a defendant to leave jail:

  • For work, if the defendant had the job before sentencing
  • For school, if the defendant enrolled before sentencing
  • To participate in a court-ordered level II alcohol and drug education or treatment program

Secure the Right Defense Team for Your Denver Repeat DUI

If charged with driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol for a second time, call [dui-law-firm] right away. We’ll fight to help you avoid criminal penalties, like jail time. Our team works to protect your future!

Let us help you defend your second DUI case. We offer a free initial consultation, which means there’s no risk in calling us to help.

We help our clients navigate the scary and uncertain road after a DUI arrest. Contact [dui-law-firm] today!



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