DUI Lawyers can help you avoid serious criminal consequences for driving while impaired. A DUI conviction can ruin your life, your reputation and your chances of landing a job. Our Premier Partners can help you protect your rights while getting a DUI conviction dismissed or expunged and the consequences of a conviction are avoided.
DUI Lawyers can help you avoid serious criminal consequences for driving while impaired. A DUI conviction can ruin your life, your reputation, and your chances of landing a job. Our Premier Partners can help you protect your rights while getting a DUI conviction dismissed or expunged and the consequences of a conviction are avoided. Fighting and handling a DUI conviction can be time-consuming and expensive. Although you can represent yourself, you risk not only dealing with your DUI conviction for a longer period of time, but it could also be more expensive.
What Happens When You Get a DUI?
All states have 21 years old as the legal drinking age, and have lowered the blood alcohol concentration from 0.10 to 0.08. Every state has also issued laws saying drivers under the age of 21 cannot have any alcohol in their system. States are now increasing fines and regulations for convictions of drunk drivers.
Depending on your state, you could face even harsher consequences. For instance, California now has a 1 year suspension on drivers who have one or more prior DUI’s or APS convictions within 10 years. It can also affect how you travel, as you cannot cross the US border to Canada if you have more than one DUI. Some states have passed Habitual Violator laws, which causes offenders to lose some of their civil rights such as owning a weapon, or permanently losing their driver’s license.
Even without a lawyer, dealing with a DUI can be expensive. You could pay over $6000 worth of fees. After a DUI, a court will make you go to and pay for:
- Court ordered fines and fees
- Traffic school
- Alcohol education and counselling courses
- Breathalyzer ignition-start device
- DMV fees and increased insurance
- Towing and storage costs
What does a DUI Lawyer do?
DUI lawyers have experience handling cases involving driving under the influence and other traffic related charges. The most important thing about DUI lawyers is that they will be prepared to take your case to court and protect your rights.
The consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol can be profound, including a greater chance of being injured or killed on the road and greater likelihood of getting into more serious accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Although driving under the influence can be detrimental, laws and policies involved on convicting drunk driving are not designed to take into account the full spectrum of factors that may influence a driver’s ability to control their blood alcohol content. For these reasons, it is wise to seek out help from a DUI attorney.
DUI lawyer will have the expertise to help you recover from your DUI from helping you fill out court forms properly to ensuring you attend other court-ordered hearings and proceedings like addictions counselling. Although those things seem easy, a DUI lawyer will also help you:
Understand the consequences and tell you your options
A DUI lawyer is not there to judge you, they want to help you. Your DUI lawyer will help you understand what the terms of your DUI entail, and why your case may have certain convictions, as it varies depending on your state and circumstances of the DUI.
Negotiate terms with prosecutors
You lawyer can help negotiate a plea bargain, or find an alternative for consequences of driving under the influence. It is more likely a prosecutor will negotiate with a lawyer than someone representing themselves. Certain alternatives may be better for some individuals, and a lawyer can help you negotiate those terms with the prosecutor.
Possibly expunge your conviction
Even after a conviction, if you find that a DUI is truly ruining and disturbing your life, your lawyer can help you expunge a DUI. An expungement means that you can essentially “seal” a DUI. Although it will still remain on your criminal record, employers, educational institutions, banks, and other institutions conducting background checks will not be able to see it. This can be especially helpful to those who may have made a mistake when they were young, or have paid retrobution since their DUI conviction.
What Questions Should I Ask My DUI Lawyer?
It’s important to find the right lawyer with the qualifications to fight a DUI. Upon consultation with your lawyer, remember to ask:
- What their experience is in DUI cases
- What their track record is on winning DUI cases
- How strong your case is
- What your options are
- How much everything including legal fees will cost
Our partners practice DUI law across all states in America. If you are suspected or convicted of a DUI, our partners will assist you through the whole process. If you are charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they will be on your side every step of the way. They are dedicated to fighting for the rights of everyone to be safe on the road.For free DUI attorney consultations, please contact us today and we will connect you with a DUI lawyer or attorney in your area.