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Misdemeanor DUI Charges

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?

  • Build Compelling Defense Strategies That More Effectively Protect My Clients' Rights
  • Highly Knowledgeable Regarding All Major Updates to Kansas DUI Laws
  • Former Prosecutor, Understanding Both Sides of The Courtroom
  • Nearly 30 Years Representing Clients Throughout Kansas

Client Testimonials

    "Successful defense"
    Mr. Harvell and I worked closely together and created a successful defense on both the driver's license suspension and the DUI charge.
    - DC
    "Withdraw the motion"
    ...the prosecutor agreed to withdraw the motion.
    - CP
    "Case was dismissed"
    After appearing for a hearing to revoke probation, the case was dismissed.
    - RB
    "Charges were dismissed"
    Mr. Harvell filed a Motion to Suppress because of an illegal car search. Prior to trial, the charges were dismissed.
    - TC
    "Request for diversion"
    My work requires a security clearance, and it was very important that I did not receive a conviction for this matter.
    - AT
    "Important result"
    I am from a foreign country and was facing deportation. This was a very important result.
    - CK
    "Charges dismissed"
    After I hired Mr. Harvell, he contacted my witnesses and convinced the prosecution that charges should be dismissed.
    - MM
    "You rock John"
    This is such a relief. You rock John.
    - RK