The District of Columbia government takes drunk driving cases very seriously.  In the Summer of 2012, the District government passed the Comprehensive Impaired Driving and Alcohol Testing Program Emergency Amendment Act of 2012.  This legislation drastically altered the penalties for drunk driving cases in the District.

The law provides for MANDATORY minimum jail sentences for first time offenders in certain circumstances.  For those individuals with a BAC of higher than .20 a 10 day jail sentence is required.  A Judge has no choice but to impose that jail sentence.  The sentence cannot be served on the weekends and must be served consecutively.  For a BAC higher than .25 a 15 day mandatory jail sentence is imposed.   In addition to the mandatory jail time, first time offenders can receive up to a $1,000 fine and $250 in court costs.  

For those individuals with prior drunk driving offenses the penalties are even greater.  A 10 day mandatory minimum sentence is imposed for a second offense and 15 days mandatory jail time for a third offense.  In addition, the maximum penalties increase for repeat offenders.  The maximum jail sentence increases from 180 days to 1 year in jail and the maximum fine increases from $1,000 to $5,000.  

The bottom line is that whether you are a first time or repeat offender the stakes are very high.  At Farrelly PC we recognize the severity of DUI/DWI charges and are able to help.  

DUI/DWI cases are extremely complicated and technical, often involving highly scientfic testimony from a government expert witness.  It is critical that an individual facing DUI/DWI charges retains a defense attorney that is capable of understanding and combating the government's scientifc evidence.  

Sean J. Farrelly spent several years as a District prosecutor.  During his tenure as a prosecutor Sean focused on DUI/DWI prosecution.  In addition to prosecuting hundreds of drunk driving cases, Sean attended numerous training sessions taught by law enforcement personnel.  This training exposed Sean to all aspects of Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, breath test instrument operation and certification, drug impairment recognition and forensic toxicology.  Sean is well versed in all technical and legal aspects of drunk driving defense and has continuously utilized this knowledge base to deliver results to his clients.  

At Farrelly PC we aggressively represent all of our clients charged with DUI/DWI.  Please contact Farrelly PC to schedule a full and free consultation to discuss your DUI/DWI case.

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