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What happens if you get a 2nd DUI while on probation for the 1st?

Courts cast a punitive look on any DUI charge. Getting a 2nd DUI while dealing with the 1st DUI will most likely cause the judge to condemn you greatly. A 2nd DUI will affect your probation and your new case. Protecting yourself is important here because you could face multiple penalties on all the charges.

If you’re facing these difficult moments you should know that you’re not the only one who’s gone through this. With an Alabama DUI lawyer by your side, you could avoid the worst consequences and get a fresh start.

What happens after getting a second DUI?

A repeat DUI offense, in other words, a second DUI, within 10 years of the first offense, can put anyone in a hard legal position. The law states that a second DUI can be punished by anywhere between 5 and 365 (1-year) jail time. A judge also has wide discretion on setting a fine. They can levy anywhere between $1,1000 and $5,100. 

A big question that gets asked when DUIs are brought up is whether or not your license will be suspended. Tied to this question is the question of IIDs. IID is short for an Ignition Interlock Device. This is placed in your car as a sort of breathalyzer. A second DUI will require an IID to be installed regardless of the BAC at the time of the arrest or whether or not the driver refused a test. This IID has to be installed for 2 years. Probation can also be required to last 2 years and substance abuse classes will also be required. 

What is a DUI Probation violation?

If a person violates their DUI Probation, for example by getting a second DUI, then they’ll face a few situations. In court, a judge might order for the probation to be revoked and they could face jail time. It’s also possible that the judge will order the probation to be extended. Community service and longer substance problems are also possibilities. 

Avoiding jail time is of course the number 1 priority for most individuals. That’s why going at it alone, without a DUI lawyer, is definitely not recommended. 

Located in Alabama? Looking for a DUI Lawyer near you?

The easiest way to get through a DUI charge, whether that’s a first or second-time charge, is by hiring a criminal defense attorney with adequate experience. Warren Freeman is there when you need him. He’s helped clients throughout Alabama and he’ll help you fight your DUI charges and help you move on. 

Alabama Personal Injury Case Guide

Each state has its own take on road safety, vehicle insurance, personal injury liability, and who is at fault and for what when it comes to an accident. Let’s go over how Alabama deals with these questions. 

What do personal injury lawyers do?

A personal injury lawyer works to provide their client(s) with the required legal counsel and representation needed to successfully secure the best compensation possible for their injuries. Personal injury law is complex. A personal injury lawyer covers a range of things including:

  • Investigating and gathering evidence
  • Documenting injuries, expenses, and communication with parties involved
  • Calculating damages
  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Filing legal motions, proceedings, and negotiating with insurance companies
  • Counseling clients on the best possible steps

Personal Injury cases are civil matters. Lawyers involved in these matters will mainly negotiate a settlement with insurance companies to try and get a fair damages payout. But, if negotiations fail they’re there to file lawsuits as well. Personal Injury lawyers are there for you when it comes to negligence cases as well as intentional tort cases.

Negligence, as the name implies, means that another person, without malice, injures you. Think of a driver being distracted at the wheel, texting or not paying attention, they hit your car causing damages and injuries. Intentional torts on the other hand deal with malicious intent.

When to hire a personal injury lawyer?

  • High Car Accident Costs?

If your insurance company is lowballing your settlement offer, or if the costs of the damages are simply too high, then it might be time to hire a personal injury lawyer. Car accident costs are not the only costs you might be factoring in. There could be the costs from medical bills and even that of lost-wages from when you were recovering. 

  • Were you seriously injured?

It might be due to how distracted or not in the right state-of-mind the other driver was but if you were/are seriously injured due to an accident or someone else’s negligence then contact a personal injury lawyer ASAP. 

  • Insurance denying your claim?

Insurance companies are mostly looking out for their own pockets. You pay every month but when it comes to getting help they look the other way? If that sounds fishy it’s because it is. You need professional legal help and that’s what we can do.

How much should you ask for in a personal injury case?

There is no magic calculator when it comes to a personal injury case. An experienced attorney will calculate the costs of the case based on all the details available. Usually, these cases involve a set of questions like: Was there damage to property, damage to health, emotional damage, physical damage, etc. Based on these questions, the evidence, and how experienced or knowledgeable your attorney is you might be able to determine a ballpark range in terms of settlement. 

Warren Freeman – North East Alabama Lawyer

Warren Freeman has been fighting for his clients for over 20 years. He’s handled complex and well-known cases in both Criminal Defense and Personal Injury. There’s little Warren hasn’t seen or heard when it comes to the law. He believes deeply in due diligence and he’ll work aggressively to guarantee his clients the top-notch legal counsel.

Social Media and Divorce: Things to avoid

Family Law

What you post online before, during, and after a divorce can come back and bite you. Divorce is stressful. It’s complicated. And, it can throw your world into a spin. But, you’ll get through it and you’ll be stronger on the other side. Still, it’s important to keep an eye out on what you post. You can’t go around venting to anyone that’ll listen on Facebook, Instagram, or any other platform. Sure, you might hold your tongue and not say too many things about your ex, but our advice is to keep it classy and avoid the subject altogether for the time being. 

Divorce doesn’t have to be scandalous. In the past, it was seen in a much worse light than it is today. Still, the law is clear. What you put online can be used against you in court. 

Warren Freeman can help you navigate your divorce and help you steer clear of any drama and stress. Check out these 3 quick tips on what to do online when going through a divorce. 


1. Keep it classy

Whatever you put online can be used against you in court. This means during a divorce, during the child custody determination process, during the child support process, the asset division process, etc. Be mindful of what you put online, don’t get tagged in any raunchy pics, and don’t talk about your ex!

2. Ignore your Ex

Don’t do it. You know what we’re talking about. You see your ex putting up a picture of them pretending everything is peachy or them flashing some cash or even worse… them talking about you behind your back but trying to be ‘subtle’ about it. Ignore these temptations! Focus on you. Mute, unfollow, block, whatever you gotta do. 

3. Live your best life

Take a break from being online. Take care of yourself first. Take up an activity to distract yourself. Getting through this process in one piece is a challenge but it’s something many people accomplish successfully. You can too. 


About Warren Freeman – Alabama Divorce Attorney

After more than 20 years of handling complex and notorious cases, there’s nothing attorney Warren Freeman hasn’t seen or heard. Warren focuses on Criminal Defense, Family Law, and Personal Injury

What sets Warren Freeman Attorney at Law apart is his experience and unflagging dedication to each and every case, no matter how big or small. Regardless of the details of your case, you’ll get the attention you deserve.

Warren Freeman’s cases have garnered media attention on many occasions, and have been the subject of news articles in The Anniston Star, The Clay Times Journal, The Cleburne News, The Randolph Leader, and even an episode of CBS’ 48 Hours entitled, “The Girl Next Door.