Fighting Felony DUI Charges
With a first driving under the influence (DUI) offense, the criminal penalties were harsh, but perhaps they were not the primary concern. The most important thing was to protect your reputation and your ability to keep your job and family intact. However, the penalties become more severe with each multiple conviction. If you are facing felony DUI charges, it is critical to defeat these charges, to avoid prolonged jail time, significant fines and the loss of your driving privileges — possibly for life.
I am attorney William V. Cristman. I created Cristman Law Office, PLLC to provide sound counsel and aggressive defense against felony DUI charges for clients in St. Albans, Burlington and throughout Northern Vermont. As a felony DUI defense lawyer, I have 15 years of experience along with a wealth of knowledge to defeat DUI charges.
Repeat DUI Offenses And Enhanced Penalties For Felony DUI
In Vermont, a third DUI conviction is a felony with much stronger penalties, and a fourth DUI is a new crime in Vermont that brings even more severe penalties into play. A blood alcohol content or breath alcohol content (BAC) level of more than 0.16 percent in repeat offenses can result in extreme penalties that include:
- Incarceration: A second DUI can result in up to two years of jail time, and in a third felony DUI, the jail time increases to up to five years’ imprisonment. If you are convicted of a fourth DUI, you could spend up to 10 years in jail.
- Fines: For felony DUI, the fines can amount to $2,500 and $5,000 for a fourth DUI offense. Both of these convictions also carry a surcharge of $160.
- License revocation: Third DUI and a fourth DUI both result in a license suspension. In a third-time DUI, there is the potential to reinstate a driver’s license after completing a one-year suspension, with ignition interlock required for at least three years. A fourth-time DUI conviction brings a lifetime license revocation.
- Other consequences: A felony DUI conviction can result in hundreds of hours of community service, alcohol and driving education program completion, alcohol screening and treatment, increased insurance rates and the immobilization of your vehicle.
“It is critical to avoid these penalties for felony DUI. I have 15 years of experience and a track record of success fighting breath test results, field sobriety test outcomes and other aspects of DUI charges. I can help you.” — William Cristman, Attorney at Law