Defending You From Criminal Penalties
Facing a DUI charge can be overwhelming and frightening. While traffic violations like speeding or parking tickets can be solved by paying a simple fine, DUIs are criminal charges that carry criminal penalties. A DUI conviction on your record can impact your life in many ways. Finding a job, securing housing, and applying for educational programs in the future may be difficult
Fortunately, having a DUI charge does not mean you are guilty automatically. You can work with an experienced DUI defense team to protect yourself by creating a comprehensive legal defense strategy. Our team at the DUI Defense Group has extensive experience defending clients in DUI cases. With our legal background and far-reaching knowledge of the criminal justice system, we are confident we can help you get the outcome you deserve. For a free consultation from one of our team members, call our law office today at 866-927-3295.
What Are the Penalties for a DUI Conviction?
If you are convicted of a DUI, it is very likely you will face criminal penalties. Your specific penalties will depend on the nature of your charges. In most cases, first-time offenders are charged with misdemeanors. If you have any prior DUI convictions on record or your DUI involved bodily injury or death, you could face felony penalties.
The most common penalties people face for a DUI conviction include the following:
- Driver’s license suspension
- Mandatory ignition interlock device (IID) installation
- Mandatory drug or alcohol education program
- Thousands of dollars in fines and fees
While most first-time offenders do not serve jail time, repeat offenders or felony offenders will likely face jail time or a prison sentence. Contact our law office for assistance immediately if you are facing felony charges.
What is a DMV Hearing?
When you are charged with a DUI, there are two processes you will go through: the criminal process and the DMV process. The DMV process involves an optional DMV hearing that you can request for up to ten days after your DUI arrest.
When you are arrested for a DUI, the police will notify the DMV of your charges. A DMV hearing officer will review your charges and the nature of your arrest to determine whether to suspend your license. If your license is suspended, you can present evidence at your DMV hearing to get it reinstated.
If you lose your DMV hearing or you do not request a DMV hearing, your license will remain suspended. You can request a restricted license to drive to and from work or school if you need to. A DMV hearing is different from criminal proceedings and does not determine whether you will be convicted of a DUI.
What Are the Most Common Defenses for a DUI Charge?
While DUI charges are always serious, there are fortunately many ways to defend against them. With help from our team, you can create a comprehensive legal strategy to reduce or remove the penalties you are facing. Your particular legal strategy will depend on the nature of your charges and your criminal record, if applicable.
Below are the most common ways individuals defend against DUI charges:
- The police did not have probable cause to arrest or detain you
- The police did not have probable cause to pull you over
- The breath or blood test you took was contaminated or faulty
- You have a medical condition that impacts your blood alcohol content (BAC) results
- You have a medical condition that mimics the symptoms of being intoxicated
How Can a DUI Defense Attorney Help Me?
It can be tempting to handle DUI charges on your own, especially if you are a first-time offender. Unfortunately, you are unlikely to get the results you deserve by talking to police officers or prosecutors on your own. As your defense attorneys, our team at the DUI Defense Group will develop a solid legal strategy to protect your rights and reduce the penalties you are facing. We will guide you through the legal system every step of the way, answering all your questions as we go.
Protecting your future and your freedom is important, so don’t leave it up to chance. Contact our team today for a free consultation by calling 866-927-3295.