Panama City Defense Attorney For Repeat DUI/DWI Charges

A person who is convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) for the first time usually is charged with a misdemeanor. Although people tend to equate misdemeanors with relatively minor criminal charges, a first-time drunk driving conviction still carries a potential punishment of up to six months in jail. The possible penalties get more severe for repeat offenders. Two or more drunk driving arrests may lead to felony charges. That is why it is important to have experienced legal representation in your corner.

At the law firm of Stanley E. Peacock, P.A., our Bay County defense lawyer understands how to build an effective defense against repeat DUI or DWI charges. With more than 30 years of experience, including time spent as an assistant state attorney and as a Panama City public defender, Stanley Peacock understands how both sides of the courtroom operate. He is prepared to put this unique experience to work for you as he helps you protect your rights and your freedom.

The Potential Consequences For Repeat Offenders Are Severe

Florida lawmakers do not take repeated DUI/DWI charges lightly. A third drunk driving charge within 10 years is considered to be a third-degree felony. Conviction carries a potential five-year prison sentence, a fine of up to $5,000, the required installation of an ignition interlock device and the long-term suspension of your driver's license.

It is important to note that the clock does not necessarily reset every 10 years for repeat drunk driving purposes. In fact, a fourth DWI conviction, whether it comes within one year or decades after a third conviction, is also treated as a third-degree felony. A fourth conviction will also lead to your driver's license being permanently revoked, with no possibility for reinstatement, even if you can show that it would cause you hardship. With this much at stake, you need legal counsel who understands how to handle cases involving multiple DWIs.

If You Have Been Arrested For Drunk Driving, Contact Our Criminal Defense Lawyer

Multiple DUI offenses are a serious matter. Ensure your rights remain protected. Contact us online or call 850-215-2112 to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your case.