Being arrested for any crime will immediately make you wonder what happens next. One of the most pressing questions you might have is whether you will go to jail, and how much you will have to pay in court costs and fines. The range of punishment for your case depends on the specific facts and the classification of crime. For instance, misdemeanor cases are not as serious as felonies and you can expect more lenient treatment if you are a first time offender versus a repeat offender. Regardless of what you have been charged with, having a trained criminal defense attorney on your side is a wise choice. We offer a wide range of defense services, with a heavy concentration in DUI’s and other traffic offenses.
For a DUI case, here are the top three forms of punishment you can expect:
- Loss of your driver’s license for up to a year if this is your first offense, with a good chance you will be granted a modified license. Keep in mind in order to be granted a modified license you will have to make a request for an administrative review of the suspension of your license within ten days of arrest. Failure to do so will mean loss of your license without the possibility of a modification.
- For the criminal portion of your case (which is the actual charge of DUI and not the revocation of your license) you can probably reach an agreement with the prosecution for satisfactory probationary terms. One of these terms might be the requirement to have an interlock device installed in your vehicle for the duration of your probation.
- The costs and fines for a first time offender can be up to $1,000.00.
For those facing subsequent charges the range of punishment increases and the likelihood of obtaining a provisional license is less. This is not to say you will not be given a modified license or that you will pay the top fine, but an aggressive defense is required. If you have been charged with DUI, call us today for help.
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