When There’s Trouble In Paradise

Aggressive DUI Defense

Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol may not seem like a big deal if you were only “buzzed,” but having a DUI over the legal limit can have lifelong consequences, even if no one was hurt. If you are facing DUI charges, due to a traffic stop, sobriety checkpoint, or motor vehicle accident, pleading guilty or no contest may not be the best option for you. Instead, talk with an experienced DUI attorney who can help determine the best course of action not only in court, but with respect to the Administrative Driver’s License Revocation Office [ADLRO] as well.

I am attorney Mark Simonds, and I have many years of experience combatting DUI charges. As a former prosecutor, I know the strategies that the prosecution will use in your case, and I know how to build a defense against them. From my office of Mark R. Simonds Attorney at Law, LLLC, my clients get the representation and respect they deserve from their lawyers.

Knowing The Consequences

Depending on the number of prior DUI convictions a person has, their next offense will come with more severe consequences. The common consequences of a DUI, sorted by level of offense, are:

  • First offense – license revocation for one year, 14 hours of rehab, up to five days in jail, 72 hours of community service and up to $1,000 in fines. “Highly intoxicated drivers” [.15% BAC or higher] face a mandatory minimum jail term of 48 hours.
  • Second offense (after a prior conviction within the last 10 years) – up to three years of license revocation and $3,000 in fines, a mandatory minimum jail term of 5 days or up to 30 days and up to 240 hours of community service
  • Third offense (after two prior convictions within the last 10 years) – an indeterminate prison term of 5 years, or probation and up to one year in jail.

If a child was a passenger in the offending driver’s car, the charges would add an extra $500 in fines and two days in jail.

There are also indirect consequences to a DUI conviction. A conviction can mean that you lose your job (especially if it relates to driving), your insurance premiums increase and the conviction shows up in future background checks, making it harder to gain new employment.

Do Not Take The Risk

A DUI conviction can have drastic consequences on your life, so go with a lawyer who can help you make informed decisions regarding the government’s case against you. I serve locals and visitors in my practice and am ready to help you by offering a free initial consultation.

Schedule your first appointment by calling me at 808-500-6646 or by emailing me here. The sooner you reach out to me, the sooner I can begin helping you.