DUI punishment is purposefully severe to discourage anyone from drinking and driving. First-timers face steep fines and the possibility of jail time. However, repeat offenders face increasingly stricter punishments, with mandatory jail time, fines and more.

I am attorney Eric Larsen. As an experienced criminal defense lawyer, I have helped clients in Franklin and the surrounding Tennessee counties fight multiple DUI charges, working to protect their rights and their freedom in the process.

What Happens With Repeat DUI Charges

Whereas first-time drunk driving offenders can escape serious jail time and pay a fine of up to $1,500 (not counting towing, bail and other charges), those facing their second strike (or subsequent) are looking at burdensome, long-lasting consequences.

In particular, the consequences for second-time DUI offenders include jail time between 45 days and 11 months and 29 days, as well as a mandatory fine between $600 and $3,500.

For a third strike, the minimum jail time is 120 days, and the fine ranges from $1,100 to $1,000, along with a license revocation of up to six years.

A fourth and subsequent offense is considered a class E felony. That comes with a year's worth of jail time (150 days served minimum), and a fine ranging from $3,000 to $15,000.

These are just the obvious, initial costs. Drivers are also looking at vehicle forfeiture, high insurance payments, interlock device installation and more.

How An Attorney Can Help

Whether you are facing a second or subsequent DUI offense, the penalties feel like they increase exponentially. Even if you've been stopped for suspicion of driving under the influence of a controlled substance rather than alcohol, you will still be treated as a DUI offender.

A skilled attorney can work by your side to determine the best course of action to fight the charges. DUI tests aren't error-proof and neither are law enforcement officers. I work with a group of experts and skilled professionals who can assist our investigation and help strengthen our case.

Contact Us For Legal Representation

Even one DUI charge can derail your plans. Subsequent ones can be devastating. I have the experience and knowledge to help. Contact me online or call 615-656-8179 to arrange a free consultation.