Whenever an individual gets behind the wheel of a motor vehicle after they
have been drinking, they are putting themselves and others at risk. That
is why law enforcement officials in Olathe, Johnson County and throughout
the entire state of Kansas have been taking calculated measures to crack
down on DUI offenders. Whether you are facing a misdemeanor DUI or a
felony DUI, if you are convicted of a DUI you can expect to receive the maximum penalties
allowed by the law.
DUI laws vary from state to state, however, the state of Kansas classifies
1st and 2nd offense DUIs as misdemeanors. All other DUI charges, following
a 2nd offense DUI, are considered to be felony DUIs. The penalties connected
with a first time misdemeanor DUI can include a 48-hour imprisonment or
100 hours of community service, a $500-$1000 fine, limited suspension
of all driving privileges, and possible vehicle impoundment. A second
time misdemeanor DUI conviction can lead to a 90-day to a 1-year imprisonment,
a $1000-$1500 fine, the suspension of your driver's license, the possible
impoundment of your vehicle and the mandatory installation of an ignition
interlock device (IID) on your vehicle. A felony DUI charge, however,
is tried at the state level and the penalties are considerably more severe.
For example, anyone convicted of a felony DUI can expect to face penalties
including a $1500-$2500 fine, up to a year in prison, the permanent revocation
of your driving privileges, and more. A felony DUI conviction not only
will impact your personal life, but your professional one as well. Thankfully
I may be able to help.
Johnson County DUI Charges
If you or a loved one is facing DUI charges in Johnson County, I urge you
to contact a criminal defense lawyer at The Law Office of John Harvell
immediately. As a former judge and prosecuting attorney I understand how
much a DUI conviction will negatively impact your life, that is why I
am devoted to providing each of my clients with the personalized attention
and aggressive representation they deserve.
Contact an Olathe criminal defense attorney today to schedule your confidential
consultation and review of the charges against you.