What you need to know when facing a DUI
DUI charges are dangerous. Fines, jail time, and probation await even a first-time offender and the penalties grow with each conviction. Take the DUI charges seriously and hire a reputable traffic attorney. Winning a DUI case can be the difference between staying on the road and losing your license (for up to ten years!) Call us today to see how we would fight your DUI charge.
A DUI conviction is one of the most burdensome offenses an otherwise-law-abiding person can face.
For your first offense, you may face:
- Jail time up to six months.
- Fines and penalties between $500 and $2,000.
- License suspension for 180 days to one year.
For your second offense, you may face:
- Jail time up to nine months.
- Fines and penalties between $1,000 and $4,000.
- License suspension for five years, but can be reduced to one year with an experienced traffic lawyer.
For your third offense, you may face:
- Jail time up to five years.
- Fines and penalties up to $5,000.
- License suspension for ten years, but can be reduced to two years.
For more information on DUI penalties,
What would cause a conviction?
The state has two ways to earn a conviction:
- prove that your normal faculties were impaired, or
- prove that you drove with an unlawful blood alcohol or breath alcohol level of .08 or above.
If you take a breathalyzer test at your traffic stop, the test result will be used in court. If you refuse a breathalyzer test, you will face a mandatory license suspension of 12-18 months. We do not recommend refusing the breathalyzer test.
To read more about the penalties for a DUI offense or refusing a breathalyzer, click here.
Where should I start?
Start by contacting a DUI lawyer immediately. The facts and evidence of your case will determine its basis for dismissal and whether or not it should be contested in court. Do not contact the court or the officer yourself unless instructed to do so by your legal representative.