Facing a Repeat DWI Charge?
Our Skilled DWI Defense Attorneys Can Help
Are you facing a repeat DWI charge? Have you been convicted of a DWI in
the last five years and now find yourself accused again? If so, then the
time to speak with skilled and capable legal defense is now. DWI charges
are always a serious matter, but those find themselves facing enhanced
penalties due to a repeat charge need to proceed with caution. Our dedicated
DWI defense lawyers at
Ford & Cook, PLC know what challenges the accused face with these charges and can ensure
that their rights and well-being are protected throughout every phase
of their case.
We're ready to hear about your arrest today.
Call us at 870.853.3621 now.
Repeat DWI Penalties
As far as the court is concerned, repeat drunk drivers represent a distinct
risk to themselves and others on the road. Because of this, the penalties
that come with repeat DWI incidents increase with each conviction.
Maximum penalties for repeat DWI in Arkansas include:
- Second offense (misdemeanor) - 1 year in jail, $3,000 in fines, and 2-year
- Third offense (misdemeanor) - 1 year in jail, $5,000 in fines, and 30-month
- Fourth offense (felony) - 6 years in prison, $5,000 in fines, and 4-year
Note that these are the maximum penalties that can be handed down by the
court and that some sentences can be argued down with proper counsel.
If aggravating factors are present, such as having a minor in the vehicle,
these maximums may be even higher.
Understanding the "Lookback Period"
When calculating how many DWI convictions are on a driver's record,
the court will use something called a lookback period. In Arkansas, the
lookback period is five years, meaning that every DWI conviction in the
last five years will count against the accused, but convictions older
than five years will not.
So, for example, let's say that "Michael" has been arrested
for DWI this year. Previously, he has been convicted of DWI twice before:
once in 2014 and once in 2006. Because the conviction in 2006 did not
occur in the last five years, will not count against Michael and his new
charge—along with the 2014 conviction—will only be considered
his second DWI.
Knowledgeable Defense You Can Count On
At Ford & Cook, PLC, we are well-versed in the procedure and evidence
that goes into a DWI arrest and know how to thoroughly assess and challenge
these factors in and outside the courtroom. Even when facing a repeat
offense, our clients can rest assured that they and their case will be
given every consideration they deserve under the law.
Want to learn more about how we can help? Contact us today to request an
initial case evaluation.