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Driving under the influence is a serious crime no matter what state you live in. More and more states have begun imposing stricter penalties on those found guilty of a DUI, and if you want to avoid having your life disrupted, you’ll need to hire a DUI attorney who can help you fight and hopefully beat your DUI charges.
Penalties for DUIs
There are many penalties associated with DUIs. The penalties you could face and the severity of those penalties depend upon the state you live in, but in general, when a police officer believes that you were driving under the influence, you can expect to be arrested and taken to jail. You’ll usually be kept in the “drunk tank” until the alcohol leaves your system enough for you to be put in with the general population of the jail.
In addition to having to spend that first night in jail, you can also expect the possibility of serving additional jail time and having to pay fines and fees to the court if you’re convicted. You might also be sentenced to have a court-mandated alcohol assessment test, and you’ll probably be subject to probation, during which time you won’t be allowed to consume alcohol probably.
Your license could be revoked or suspended even before you’re convicted. This is because many state DMVs automatically impose an administrative suspension on your license when you’re just arrested for a DUI. You might be able to apply for a hardship or restricted license that will allow you to drive back and forth to work, court and elsewhere in the meantime. If you’re convicted of your DUI charge, though, you could have to have an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle upon reinstating your license. You can also expect to have to pay high reinstatement fees in order to get your license back.
A DUI attorney knows the laws pertaining to DUIs and how to best fight your charges. The firs thing that a DUI attorney will do when handling your case is to evaluate all the evidence and details surrounding it. Your lawyer will look for things such as whether the arrest was legal, whether there is sufficient evidence to prove that you were indeed intoxicated and so on. For instance, if the police officer initiated a stop but didn’t have probable cause for doing so, then all the evidence that was obtained after the stop could be deemed inadmissible and thrown out, which would mean that the prosecution would therefore have no case against you.
However, in those scenarios where your DUI lawyer isn’t able to completely get your charges dropped, he or she might be able to at least mitigate the damages associated with them. For instance, your lawyer might be able to secure you a plea deal that contains lesser penalties than the maximum allowed by the law. For instance, you might have jail time reduce if you agree to enroll in an drug and alcohol course. Likewise, if you’d rather pay money than do community service hours, you might be able to make trade-off stipulations like that.
Regardless, it’s essential that you hire a DUI attorney when you’ve been charged with a DUI. DUI attorneys know the laws pertaining to DUI cases, and they can help you secure the most favorable outcome for those types of cases.
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