DUI — FIRST OFFENSE
First Offense DUI
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, we will provide you with the skilled representation you need.
What is important now is that you make the right decision when it comes to hiring a lawyer. If you are found “guilty”, the charge becomes even more costly because there are court fees, fines, and increased insurance premiums to consider, in addition to the suspension of your driver’s license. Plus, a DUI conviction will stay on your driving record for five years, and the charge will stay on your driving record for life unless expunged.
When Are You Legally Under The Influence?
It is unlawful to drive while under the influence of alcohol or any other substance which impairs your ability to operate a motor vehicle. If you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) higher than 0.08% (0.04% for commercial drivers, or 0.02% if you are under 21) you are legally under the influence.
Field Sobriety Testing
Any person driving on the public roads is deemed to have consented to a chemical breath, blood, or urine test if stopped with probable cause.
We are often asked whether you should take a field sobriety test and take a breathalyzer test. Because every situation is different, there is no one size fits all answer.
If you refuse to take the test when requested, and it is your first potential DUI conviction, the refusal carries an automatic 90 day suspension of your driver’s license and a fine of at least $250.00. Your driver’s license may be immediately taken from you and you also may still be arrested. In addition, refusing the test is no guarantee that you will not still be convicted of DUI. Some judges also look more unfavorably on someone who refuses to take the test.
So, while you can refuse to take a field sobriety test, doing so is often not your best option.
What to Do After You Are Arrested
As with any criminal misdemeanor or felony charge, the deck is often stacked against you. The judge is usually inclined to believe the police officer. However, there are situations where someone is wrongly charged, or where the charges should be dismissed for other legal reasons. This makes your choice of lawyer an important decision.
Hiring an attorney with specific DUI defense experience is crucial to achieving the best resolution for the money. For the experienced DUI defense counsel you need, call us at 601-957-3101 or contact us online.
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