Should you get a Moon Township DUI attorney when you’ve been charged with your first DUI or a low DUI? Yes. Even the lowest level of DUI, called General Impairment, can come with serious consequences for your personal and professional life.
For this level, you’re only accused of having a blood alcohol content between 0.080 and 0.099%. Still, if it is your second or third charge, you will face steeper penalties. Depending on your profession and how you get to work, even a first-time charge can have a serious impact on your life.
What If It’s My First General Impairment Charge?
The first time you are convicted of a general impairment charge, you face the following DUI penalties:
- No minimum jail time, but a maximum of 6 months
- No mandatory license suspension
- Fine of $300
- M grade conviction
Working with an attorney can help you avoid the maximum penalties even if convicted.
What If It’s My Second General Impairment Charge?
The second time that you are convicted of a general impairment charge, you face the following penalties:
- Minimum 5 days of jail time, and a maximum of 6 months
- Additional 12-month license suspension
- Fine of $300 to $2,500
- M grade conviction
As you can see, even a second conviction at the general impairment level can leave you without a license for a year. At Wyland Law Group, we know the strategies to help people charged with a DUI in Moon Township work to avoid or minimize consequences to their license.
What If It’s My Third General Impairment Charge?
The third time that you are convicted of a general impairment charge, you face the following penalties:
- Minimum of 10 days of jail time, and a maximum of 2 years
- Additional 12 months license suspension
- Fine of $300 to $5,000
- M2 grade conviction
At every level, in addition to the penalties listed, the court may also order you to attend programs and treatments related to alcohol. You may need to submit to a Court Reporting Network (CRN) evaluation, drug and alcohol evaluation, drug and alcohol treatment and Alcohol Highway Safety School.
Why Wyland Law Group Should Defend You
We recommend you retain legal counsel from a Moon Township DUI lawyer, even for first-time offenses. Not only does getting the charges dismissed the first time save you from the penalties, but if you happen to get charged again, you’ll only be looking at the first-time penalties, not the second.
When you choose Wyland Law Group, you get a focused, dedicated legal defense. We have the experience to get you the best results in your situation.
Whether you have been charged with your first offense or your third, having an experienced attorney on your side is critical to your ability to defend yourself against the government’s allegations. Please contact me for a free consultation by calling 412-710-0013 or by filling out the contact form on this website.