Helping You Avoid Criminal Penalties
When officers pull you over for dangerous or reckless driving, they will likely test you for intoxication or inebriation. If you are found to be driving over the legal limit or under the influence of drugs, you will likely be charged with a DUI. DUI charges are criminal charges that carry criminal penalties, including drug and alcohol education programs, probation, and expensive fines.
If you have been charged with a DUI, you must contact an experienced legal team immediately. A DUI conviction stays on your record for life, making it difficult to apply for jobs and secure housing. Our team at the DUI Defense Group is dedicated to defending clients from these charges to avoid harsh penalties. If you are facing a DUI, don’t hesitate to reach out today. Contact our team by calling 866-927-3295 for a free consultation.
What Are the Consequences of a DUI Conviction?
The penalties you will face for a DUI depend on the severity of your charges. In most cases, DUIs are classified as misdemeanors. Many first-time offenders receive the minimum penalties and often do not serve a jail sentence. However, if you are charged with a felony DUI, or you have prior DUI convictions on your record, you could face more severe consequences.
Below are the penalties many people face after a DUI conviction:
- Three to five years of probation
- Six months driver’s license suspension
- Three months of mandatory DUI school
- Ignition interlock device (IID) installation
- Court fines and fees
Even if you are a first-time offender, your DUI charge may be increased to a felony if it involves bodily injury to another person or death. Felony charges are extreme and can lead to extended prison sentences. Convicted felons also face further penalties even after their release. If you are facing felony charges, contact our experienced legal team for assistance today.
What is a DMV Hearing?
When you are arrested for a DUI, you will face both criminal proceedings and DMV proceedings. DMV proceedings begin the moment your arrest and charges are processed. The police will send a notification to the DMV about your charges for review. Based on your records, a DMV hearing officer will determine whether to suspend your license.
If your license is suspended, you can request a DMV hearing for up to ten days after your DUI arrest. During your DMV hearing, a member of our team can present evidence in your defense to have your license reinstated. If you win this hearing, you will get your standard license back. If you lose this hearing or do not request one, your license will remain suspended. Our team can help you request a restricted license to drive to and from work or school.
The DMV process is different from the criminal process and does not impact your criminal proceedings. Your criminal penalties may include an additional license suspension.
How Do You Fight a DUI Charge?
DUIs have the potential to impact your life in many different ways. Fortunately, our team knows how to fight against them. Your specific defense strategy will depend on your criminal history and the nature of your DUI charges. However, there are some common defense strategies that our team often relies on for DUI cases.
The most common ways to fight a DUI charge include:
- Proving that the police did not have probable cause to pull you over
- Proving that the police did not have enough cause to arrest or detain you
- Providing medical evidence of a condition that mimics the symptoms of intoxication
- Providing medical evidence of a condition that skews blood alcohol content test results
What Can a DUI Defense Attorney Do for Me?
Being charged with a DUI is an overwhelming experience, especially if you are a first-time offender. Fines, probation, a driver’s license suspension, and a permanent criminal record are all real possibilities, even for a simple mistake. The best way to protect yourself after a DUI arrest is by calling an experienced legal team.
At the DUI Defense Group, we only take on cases that involve DUIs or traffic-related offenses. We are confident that we can help you reduce or remove the penalties you are facing. Contact us today by calling 866-927-3295.