When you’ve been charged with a DUI, it is devastating. You’re likely feeling stressed, embarassed, and worried about your future. A DUI conviction can have a lasting impact on your life.

If convicted, you face:

  • Jail time of at least three days
  • Mandatory enrollment in a driver intervention program
  • Loss of your license from six months to three years
  • A fine of several hundred dollars
  • A license reinstatement fee of several hundred dollars

And that is only if this is your first offense. For second and subsequent offenses, the penalties are dramatically more severe. Second DUI offenses can be charged as felonies. You could be sentenced to longer jail time, placed under house arrest, or required to undergo alcohol monitoring. You could lose not only your license but your vehicle as well. If your DUI involved a particularly high BAC (blood alcohol content), an accident, or an injury to another person, the penalties are even more harsh.

If you are a commercial driver, the consequences of a DUI can ruin your career. The BAC limit in Ohio for commercial truck drivers is .04, compared to .08 for other drivers. If you are charged with a DUI, your livelihood is in jeopardy. Trucking companies are very reluctant to hire drivers that have DUIs on their criminal record.

If you are faced with a first-time DUI charge, you may be able to completely avoid jail time. Many times, judges give a more leeway to individuals who have no past criminal convictions. This is not guaranteed, however, so you should speak to a DUI attorney about your case.

At Horwitz & Horwitz, LLC, we’ve helped many people successfully resolve their DUI cases. We can help you whether this is your first or subsequent offense. We can also assist you with license reinstatement.

We are a firm dedicated to getting the best possible result for our clients in a cost-effective manner. When you work with us, you will be working personally with a skilled attorney that will give you the attention you deserve. We do not have support staff handle our cases, take our phone calls, or attend meetings.

Call us today for a free consultation. During your consultation, criminal defense lawyer Jon Horwitz will talk about your situation and give you honest, straightforward advice.