Ingham County DUI Attorney for Individuals Charged with 2nd OWI Offense

Lansing DUI defense lawyer Nicholas Leydorf understands that following a first arrest for driving under the influence, most people believe they have "learned their lesson." Unfortunately, when you find yourself in the same situation again, the consequences can be far more serious. At The Leydorf Law Firm, we work diligently to help individuals in Ingham County and surrounding areas avoid a conviction for drunk driving offenses including OWI, OUIL, OWVI, and the serious consequences that accompany these charges.

While no one wants to face jail time, fines, community service, and the other punishment associated with a second DUI offense, perhaps the harshest and hardest to deal with consequence of all is losing your driving privilege, possibly for up to one year. The good news is that with a skilled and aggressive defense attorney, it is often possible to avoid a conviction along with the penalties and other damage that often result, including ruin of your career and reputation.

Penalties for a Second DUI Offense in Michigan

In Lansing as well as the rest of the state of Michigan, penalties for a drunk driving conviction are harsh and even life-changing. These penalties include:

  • Up to one year in jail (minimum of five days in jail)
  • Fines of up to $1,000 plus court costs
  • 6 points assigned to your driving record
  • Possible vehicle immobilization or forfeiture
  • Up to 90 days community service
  • One year driver's license revocation (no restricted license, no driving)
  • Up to two years of probation

Along with these penalties, those convicted of driving under the influence will have a criminal record. Most people don’t realize that a DUI conviction will follow you for the rest of your life. According to Michigan law, an OWI conviction cannot be expunged. This can impact employment, housing, and other areas of your life. In addition, an OWI will result in the imposition of a driver’s responsibility fee imposed by the Michigan Secretary of State in the amount of $1,000.00 for two years. There can also be collateral consequences of a DUI conviction. For instance, some countries such as Canada will prevent individuals who have a drunk driving conviction from entering their country. Finally, a DUI can and will almost certainly result in an increase in insurance rates.

How a Seasoned Lansing Drunk Driving Defense Lawyer Can Help

Because you have been arrested or charged with a second DUI offense does not mean you will be found guilty. You may decide to plead guilty, not guilty, or no contest. Regardless of the situation, an experienced defense attorney will work with you to determine the best legal option, and review the details of your case to see if there were any errors made in the course of your arrest that could result in charges being dismissed or reduced. Chemical testing equipment is not always reliable; results of a breath or field sobriety test may not be a true indicator of your guilt. Police officers make mistakes, too, another area in which your attorney will thoroughly investigate. In some cases, a plea agreement to lesser offenses is the client’s best option. However, if a client has 2 alcohol related driving convictions within a period of 7 years, then the Michigan Secretary of State will revoke that individual’s driving privileges. Therefore, it is vitally important for the Michigan drunk driving lawyer to attempt to negotiate a plea agreement to a lesser offense that would not trigger the revocation.

Ultimately, Lansing DUI attorney Nicholas Leydorf will leave no stone unturned in his efforts to protect those who have been arrested or charged with a drunk driving offense from a conviction and damaging criminal penalties. We have successfully defended clients facing the serious consequences associated with multiple DUI convictions. You deserve quality legal support and guidance, and outstanding representation. Call The Leydorf Law Firm now at (517) 388-6800.