Drunk Driving First Offense
Being charged with driving under the influence (DUI) has some very serious consequences--even for first time offenders. While the penalties vary from state to state, there are always numerous ramifications that can and will affect many different areas of your life.
Avoiding First Offense Penalties
A first-time DUI offense often results in a combination of penalties including driver's license suspension, probation, community service, large fines, possible jail time, required counseling, DUI school attendance and more. All of these things can significantly affect both your professional and personal life. There are actions, however, you can take to ensure that they have the least amount of impact on your life as possible.
If arrested for drunk driving, it is important to thoroughly educate yourself with the DUI laws in your state. Unfortunately, the laws and procedures surrounding DUIs are often complicated and confusing. The easiest and most effective way to make sure you are correctly handling your situation is to hire a reputable and knowledgeable DUI lawyer; he or she will become your greatest asset throughout the ordeal.
The Benefits Of A Drunk Driving Attorney
A DUI attorney can help you navigate through both the court and Department of Motor Vehicles (the government agency responsible for license revocations) proceedings. One of the very first--and most important tasks--an attorney can help you with is to appeal the loss of your driving privileges. The DMV does not make this easy to do, but it can be vital in helping you keep your job and maintain everyday activities. This process often requires the submission of a request for a hearing. In some states, this must happen within the first few days directly after the arrest, so it's important to act quickly.
Additionally, lawyers that specialize in drunk driving cases can often get reductions on sentences. In certain circumstances, they can also find flaws in the arrest procedure or with the instruments used to test your level of sobriety, subsequently getting the case dismissed altogether.
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