One of the most common charges the average person can face is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI). Many drivers are shocked to learn that the few drinks they had before heading home will result in their arrest for DUI even though they believe they are not impaired. Unfortunately, that is the first of many shocks because the potential consequences of a conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) are serious. They begin when the arresting officer issues a notice of suspension of the arrestee’s driving privilege. Quick action is required to delay the implementation of the suspension.
If a person is convicted of a DUI offense the severity of the consequences depends upon several factors:
- Whether it is the first DUI conviction – A second DUI conviction within 10 years will result in more time in custody, a larger fine, a longer suspension of the driving privilege, and a required weekly DUI program that may continue for more than a year.
- The amount of alcohol in your system – A person who drives with a blood-alcohol concentration of .08% is presumed to be under the influence of alcohol. And, the higher the blood-alcohol concentration the greater the consequences.
- Whether the arrestee refused a chemical test – This can result in a longer suspension of the driving privilege and mandatory jail time.
- Whether you are under the age of 21 – Persons driving with alcohol in their systems who are under the age of 21 may lose their driving privilege for a year.
Other potential consequences may include vehicle impoundment or the requirement that an ignition interlock device be installed on the defendant’s vehicle.
The defense of DUI cases is complicated and requires an attorney who knows the law and has substantial experience defending clients in court and before DMV hearing officers. You can be sure that if you are represented by the Law Offices of Lawrence & Peck all issues of fact and law will be fully investigated to ensure a favorable outcome.
The right representation is critical to your case.