DUI – Driving Under the Influence
If you are arrested and convicted for driving under the influence here are the most important things to consider:
- The ticket you got is your driver’s license for the next 10 days. If you would like to keep your license, you need to file for a hearing at DMV.
- You may lose your driver’s license for up to 6 months on the first offense.
- You will have a mugshot, which will not go away unless you are found not guilty.
- You may be charged with a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail.
- Your car insurance will increase.
- You may be suspended from work or lose your job.
- You will be placed on probation and have to pay very high fines (approximately $1000)
- You have to pay for DUI school (approximately $250).
- You will have to pay for several other classes and evaluations (approximately $250).
- You will have to pay to reinstate your drivers license.
But you may have a defense to the DUI arrest – so don’t just go into court and plea to “get it over with.” You have probably heard stories about others who have “gotten out of” their DUI’s. They probably hired an attorney. The more experienced your attorney is, the better chance you have to “get out of it.” DUI’s are some of the most legally technical of all criminal cases. Don’t hire the cheapest lawyer you talk to.