If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with a DUI it is a very serious matter. We strongly recommend getting a lawyer on your side as soon as possible. There are certain steps that you must take immediately to protect your rights. The sooner that we get on your case the sooner that we can begin fighting for you. Being arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence is a serious offense.
The law relating to DUIs is complex and a lawyer can help you understand the two systems that are at play – the administrative system through the D.M.V. that deals with any license suspension issues and the Court system that will impose other penalties on you if you are convicted of the charge. An experienced attorney can explain these complexities to you and help you fight your charge. We can help you analyze your case and determine the best strategy to get you the least possible consequences for your offense.
DUI is a serious crime, and it should not be taken lightly. If a person is arrested for DUI, it will create a criminal arrest record. If convicted, the record of conviction may be viewed negatively by present and future employers and can also impact a person’s educational opportunities. A person who is convicted of DUI is also subject to harsh legal consequences, such as jail time, fines, license suspension, DUI School, and probation.
A sentence for DUI conviction depends on the jurisdiction, the judge and the facts of the case. Jail time can be given for first offenders, especially if the driver was severely speeding, above .15 BAC, carrying a passenger 14 or younger, or involved in an accident. A first offense will commonly result in loss of license for four months or more, fines and court costs up to $1,500, and possibly community service. If you refuse a breathalyzer test, you will automatically lose your license for up to one year, regardless of the outcome of your criminal case. We represent clients in criminal court as well as administrative license hearings.