If you have been arrested for DUI you probably have a lot of questions about what comes next. For many drivers, getting answers to things like “will I lose my license?”, “will I go to jail?”, and
“what will I have to do if I go on probation?” is the first step to feeling some form of relief after the arrest. We all like to know what to expect, especially when our personal lives and freedoms are at stake. And, while every case is different, there are some common threads that run throughout and knowing what to do can help ease your mind.
Five of the more popular questions or concerns about DUI cases, and what you can do about them when defending your case, are:
- Will I go to jail? Most likely not, if you are a first time offender. But if this is your second or third offense, the chance of being sentenced to some period of incarceration increases.
- Will I lose my driver’s license? It depends, on a lot of things. One thing to consider is whether you have been arrested for DUI before but there are other things to think about as well. Perhaps the most important is the need to make a request for administrative review of your license revocation within 10 days of being arrested. This is your only shot to ask for your license back, or to ask for a modified license. If you do not make a timely request, you will not be allowed to do so later.
- What is involved in going on probation for a DUI? Most DUI probationary terms include the requirement that you have an interlock device installed in your car, and you might also have to attend drug/alcohol school.
- What happens if I get another ticket while on probation? Your probation will be revoked, you will have to face the full range of punishment for the DUI, and you will also have to defend the charge of violation of probation. If this sounds like a lot, that is because it is a lot. The best way to avoid these possibilities is to stay out of trouble while on probation, and make sure you know what you are allowed to do vs. what is prohibited. Even an innocent mistake can cost you your probation.
- How much will this cost me? There are fines and costs associated with a DUI charge, and if you need an interlock device in your car there is a cost for that also.
If you are still worried about your future, take a breath. We are here to make the process as painless as possible, and will work hard for results that make sense for you. Call us today to learn more about DUI defense.
For more information about how to defend a DUI, call an experienced defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. We offer an initial consultation for no charge, and look forward to helping you resolve your case in a satisfactory way.