So, you’ve been arrested for DUI and are wondering what this means for your driver’s license? The answer depends on whether you are a first time offender, or have had a prior DUI. For most first time offenders, a hardship license is a possibility, but you do have to take certain steps to ask for this remedy. The most important thing to remember is to make a request for review of the status of your driver’s license within ten days of being arrested for DUI. If you do that, you may be given a limited right to drive. But when it comes to a second or subsequent DUI arrest, the story is not quite the same.
Three things you need to know about getting some of your driving privileges back if this is… Continue reading
Anyone who remembers how hard it was to wait to turn sixteen and get their driver’s license will probably agree that if you lose your license later, it can be a real hardship. Driving gives you a sense of freedom and independence, but also allows you to get where you need to go. If you are not allowed to drive you have to rely on a friend or family member to take you places, or find an alternative form of transportation. There are several things you can do that put your license in jeopardy, like getting too many speeding tickets and accumulating too many points on your driving record. And, if you get pulled over for DUI there is an automatic suspension of your right to drive. In the instance of a DUI you do have the chance to ask for your license back, but… Continue reading
If you get arrested for a crime, there is always the possibility that you might have to spend some time in jail. But depending on the circumstances of your case, you might also be able to avoid any time behind bars. The punishment possible in your case depends not only on the type of crime you are charged with, but also whether you are a first or second time offender.
In a DUI case, the range of punishment can include going to jail, but there are also other possible consequences, depending on whether you have faced these types of charges before or are here for the first time. Here is what you can expect for a first and a second time DUI offense:
- First time DUI offenders are punished by a monetary fine of up to $500.00 and are also required to pay the court… Continue reading
Most people are not arrested every day, or even once in their lifetime. So if it happens, it is only natural to be confused and wonder what to do in order to have a good outcome to your case. If your case is a DUI there are a few things to consider, so you can continue to drive and keep harmful information off of your criminal record. One of those things is to make an immediate request that the suspension of your driver’s license (that happens when you are arrested for DUI), be reviewed. First time offenders are likely to be granted a provisional license, which is a limited right to drive. The provisional license will let you drive to and from school, work, Church, doctor’s appointments, and to Court. It will be important for you to have the continued ability to live your… Continue reading
In order for an arrest to be made and a crime prosecuted, the State has to have some sort of evidence that the defendant committed the crime. A DUI arrest is made when a driver has a blood alcohol content over the legal limit, which is 0.08%. In order to make this determination, an officer who pulls over a car will give the driver a breath test. But the breath test is only given if the arresting officer reasonably suspects the driver is driving while intoxicated. There are some physical signs the officer can observe once the car is stopped, such as bloodshot eyes or an odor of alcohol, but in order to make the stop in the first place the officer has to have a good reason.
The most obvious reason for pulling over a driver is if they are speeding. We are all… Continue reading
Being pulled over and charged with DUI is no fun. But even when you have made the best of plans for a safe ride home, things happen and you might get pulled over after having a few drinks. Everyone reacts differently in this situation, and the way you respond might impact your case down the road, but the blueprint of how the case proceeds is typically the same for all cases. Of course there are always cases with extraordinary circumstances, but by and large every DUI case takes the same path. And, knowing what that path is can help you to prepare an effective defense and maybe even save your right to drive.
Five steps to every DUI case include:
- A traffic stop and an arrest. At the time of the traffic stop; which can be for any good reason such as speeding, running a… Continue reading
Most of us are familiar with the right to represent oneself in Court rather than hiring an attorney, and most of that familiarity comes from the movies or from television. But what you seldom see on the big screen is how hard it is for a non-lawyer to handle a case for themselves, and obtain a satisfactory result. This is generally because non-lawyers do not know all of the ins and outs of the Court’s procedures, lack the professional relationship that so many attorneys build up over time with opposing counsel, or simply do not have a firm understanding of how to apply the law to their case or get evidence introduced. When your right to drive and your right to stay out of jail are on the line, it is never a good idea to try and tackle the legal world on your own.… Continue reading
Being arrested for DUI can lead to loss of your driver’s license, time spent in jail, high fines and costs, and the need to comply with strict probationary requirements. So it should come as no surprise that when some people are pulled over after they have been drinking, they will try anything to avoid being arrested and charged with DUI. Unfortunately, not many of the more popular DUI myths really work, and in most cases you can end up in more trouble than if you had not tried to out maneuver the arresting officer.
Five DUI defense myths that simply do not work and should be avoided are:
- Timing your drinks, so that you only have one beer or other alcoholic beverage at a set interval. While it is true that as time passes the alcohol you have consumed has a decreased impact on… Continue reading
Most DUI cases are filed after the police pull you over and have you submit to a breath test. The law implies that a breath test is the State’s right, because you have taken advantage of the laws that allow you to drive, so the State should be able to give you a breath test if an officer of the law believes one is appropriate. But taking a breath test after you have had too much to drink will almost surely show that your blood alcohol content is over the legal limit, so it is natural to wonder if you have choices. While you do have the right to refuse to take a breath test, knowing the possible outcome of doing so is good information.
Three possible consequences of refusing to take a breath test when pulled over for DUI include:
- Loss of… Continue reading
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… Continue reading