Defending Clients from Criminal Penalties
Unlike other traffic violations, DUIs are serious criminal charges with criminal penalties. If you are pulled over for driving under the influence, you will likely be arrested and charged with a DUI. DUIs are applicable when an individual is under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or a combination of both.
While DUI charges can be frightening to face, you can reduce or even remove the penalties you are facing with help from an experienced legal team. Our attorneys at the DUI Defense Group have an extensive background in DUI and traffic law. We are confident that with our legal background, we can create a legal defense strategy to get you the outcome you deserve. Please don’t feel like you must navigate the criminal justice system on your own. Contact our office for a free consultation today by calling 866-927-3295.
What Happens When You Are Arrested for a DUI?
If police officers suspect you of driving under the influence, they will pull you over and check your intoxication levels. In most cases, this is done with a breathalyzer test and field sobriety tests. If you are found driving over the legal limit or appear too intoxicated to drive safely, you will likely be detained or arrested.
Once you arrive at the police station, a certified lab technician will draw your blood for further testing. Your charges will be formally entered, and the DMV will be notified of your arrest. In most DUI cases, the DMV automatically suspends your license once you are charged with a DUI.
If you would like to get your license reinstated, you can request a DMV hearing within ten days of your arrest. Our team can help you prepare for the hearing and represent you before the DMV. Your DMV hearing does not affect the outcome of your criminal case.
Our team will meet with you to discuss your charges and develop a legal strategy. We can negotiate with the prosecution to discuss a plea deal that may reduce or remove your charges or penalties. If a plea deal is not in your best interest, we will begin preparing you for trial.
What Penalties Do You Face for a DUI Conviction?
The penalties for a DUI can vary depending on your criminal background and the nature of your charges. Most first-time offenders do not serve jail time for a DUI unless the DUI involves property damage, bodily injury, or death.
The following are all the penalties you could face for a DUI conviction:
- Three to five years of probation
- Three months of a DUI education program
- Mandatory ignition interlock device installation
- Six months driver’s license suspension
- Hefty fines and court fees
If your DUI involves bodily injury or death of another person, you could be charged with a felony. Felony charges often involve jail time or prison time.
How Can You Defend Against a DUI Charge?
While DUI charges are serious, there are ways to defend yourself against them. Our team will review your case and determine the best legal strategy to pursue.
Below are some common strategies our team often uses to defend clients against DUI charges:
- The police did not have probable cause to make a traffic stop
- The police violated procedure when arresting or detaining you
- The police administered faulty field sobriety tests or breathalyzer tests
- The blood sample taken was contaminated before testing
- You have a medical condition that mimics the symptoms of intoxication
- You have a medical condition that skews your blood alcohol content results
Can an Attorney Help Me?
When facing a DUI charge, your future and your freedom are on the line. Being convicted of a DUI can leave you with a permanent criminal record that follows you around for life. Your job prospects and educational opportunities can be severely affected by a criminal conviction.
Our team at the DUI Defense Group is committed to defending our clients from these harsh criminal penalties. We have years of experience helping clients with DUI charges and other traffic-related offenses. We are confident that with our help, you will get the outcome you deserve. For a free consultation, call our office today at 866-927-3295.