No one plans to get a DUI, but it does happen. And if this is your first time, the experience can be not only scary, but also confusing. It is hard to know what to do or where to turn when you are faced with a new experience, but help for DUI cases is not far away. And when you enlist the help of a qualified DUI defense attorney, you can minimize the impact of some of the more harsh possibilities getting arrested for DUI can bring.
Four things to expect with a first time DUI arrest include the following:
- Revocation of your driver’s license for 6 months. But, know that you can take steps to challenge that revocation and ask to have your driving privileges reinstated. Many first time offenders are given at least partial rights, and these are usually enough to get you to all of the important places you need to go; like to school or to work, to a doctor’s appointment, to go to Court, and to meet with your attorney to strategize over your case.
- Attendance in a drug and/or alcohol treatment and assessment program.
- Installation of an interlock device in your car, which requires you to blow into the device before starting your car and if your BAC is over the legal limit your car’s ignition will not start.
- A term of probation rather than jail time, where some of these other requirements (like Court ordered treatment and the requirement that you have an interlock installed in your car), are made a part of that probation.
Generally speaking, if you agree to go on probation for a first time DUI case, you can expect to have the charges reduced at the end of your probationary term. This is, however, provided that you abide by all of the rules and regulations while on probation. If you are able to do this, which always includes a requirement that you do not get any new tickets or arrests, you can expect to receive the benefit of whatever bargain was made on your behalf when the probationary terms were negotiated. Allow us to help you see your way through a first time DUI, and take the pressure off your shoulders. We have experience in this area of criminal defense, and can help you today.
If you have been arrested for DUI, call our office for help. Contact us today schedule an appointment with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. The first visit is a free initial consultation.