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Olathe Misdemeanor DUI Attorney

Have You Been Charged with a 1st or 2nd Offense DUI in Johnson County?

Due to the lives that are often put at risk when intoxicated drivers get on the road, charges of DUI are not taken lightly and will be penalized to the full extent of the law. For first and second offenses of this crime, it is considered a misdemeanor and will be tried at the local municipal court, where the penalties will not be as severe as if it was a felony tried at the state level.

For first time DUI offenses, there is a minimum imprisonment of 48 hours (or 100 hours of community service), with the possibility of up to six months spent in jail. There is also the chance you will be faced with a monetary fine anywhere from $500 to $1,000. Your normal driving privileges will be suspended for 30 days, followed by 330 days of restricted privileges allowing you to drive only to and from work. Your vehicle can be impounded for up to a full year.

On the other hand, for a second offense, the stay in prison will run anywhere from 90 days to a year; beyond that, you will also face a fine of anywhere from $1,000 to $1,500. A successful conviction will lead to your driving privileges being suspended for a year, returned only with the condition that you must drive a vehicle with an ignition interlock device for the following year. Again, your vehicle can be impounded for a possible year.

What is the Diversion Program?

If this is your first DUI offense, and your DUI did not conclude in an accident, personal injury or wrongful death, then you could possibly be eligible for what is known as a DUI diversion program. If you enter into this program, you will have the chance to avoid a DUI conversion, however, the diversion will remain on your record to be used against you in the case of future DUI offenses. After entering into the diversionary program, there will be several terms and conditions that you will have to abide by. For example, you must not violate the law, you must not consume alcohol of any kind, and you must complete the alcohol classes. There will also be testing for drugs and alcohol, along with monthly meetings. If you fail to meet these terms, your case will be put back on track for conviction and imprisonment.

Experienced DUI Attorney in Olathe

If you have recently been charged with a DUI in Olathe or Johnson County, it is absolutely imperative that you do not waste any time in contacting a knowledgeable DUI lawyer. I, John E. Harvell, understand the severity of the situation when running the risk of a successful DUI conviction and am completely devoted to offer my clients comprehensive legal guidance. If you choose to secure my assistance, you can be confident that your case will be given the personalized attention it deserves.

Contact an Olathe DUI Lawyer today if you are currently in need of aggressive legal representation after being charged with a DUI.

Why Choose John Harvell

  • Nearly 30 years representing clients throughout Kansas

  • Former prosecutor, understanding both sides of the courtoom

  • Highly knowledgeable regarding all major updates to Kansas DUI laws

  • Build compelling defense strategies that more effectively protect my clients' rights

Client Testimonials

  • “John was diligent and hard working to provide a positive experience and outcome for my case.”


  • “He will do everything he can to help your case.”


  • “gave me time to come up with the money and got all the cases off my record.”


  • “John is always my first call when needing legal advice.”


  • “He was transparent with our strategy and did a nice job communicating with us in regards to the process.”


  • “Mr. Harvell and I worked closely together and created a successful defense on both the driver's license suspension and the DUI charge.”


  • “I was able to follow his recommendations and get Diversion instead of a potential misdemeanor or felony.”


  • “After appearing for a hearing to revoke probation, the case was dismissed.”


  • “We certainly appreciate you guiding us through this journey.”


  • “I am from a foreign country and was facing deportation. This was a very important result.”


  • “This is such a relief. You rock John.”


  • “He is a miracle worker!!!”


  • “Both the driver's license suspension was dismissed and found not guilty DUI.”


  • “very reassuring, confident, and personally invested in helping me with the legal issues”


  • “When anybody asks me if I know an attorney, I always have and will tell them, John Harvell.”


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