Driving while under the influence of alcoholic beverages or a controlled substance is one of the most serious traffic violations you can commit. In fact, it is classified as a traffic crime and in some circumstances a misdemeanor, or under more limited circumstances, even a felony. Many individuals do not consider driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs (DUI) to be a significant offense.
It does not require any criminal intent and happens to many people regardless of age or demographic. Nevertheless, DUI penalties are serious and a DUI often appears on employment background checks for the rest of that person’s life. As prosecutors and defense attorneys with decades of experience, we have seen countless DUI cases. We know the technical aspects of the law that make a difference in a case.
It is easy to have a few too many drinks when you are out with friends. If you get behind the wheel of a car and drive while you are intoxicated, the results can be disastrous. A single, momentary lapse in judgment can have negative and long-lasting effects on your personal freedom, your professional life, and your finances.
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, do not take the charge lightly. Maximum penalties for a first offense include: The loss of driving privileges, potential jail time and thousands of dollars in fines. This can be devastating to those who need their vehicle to commute to work. Our DUI lawyers will meticulously investigate your case and consider all possible defenses and arguments that can be made to effectively defend you at this difficult time. However, you must act quickly because we need to file an objection with the Department of Motor Vehicles on your behalf within 10 days of your arrest.
It is important to understand that when a DUI arrest occurs, two separate legal proceedings take place. First is the criminal case that is prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office. The second legal proceeding is the “Administrative Review Hearing” in which the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles attempt to administratively suspend your license while the DUI case is pending.