Driving Under The Influence (DUI)

A DUI can profoundly affect your life.  You can lose your job, your driver's license, and often your freedom.  You need an attorney to guide you through the legal system and advise you as to what path is best for you.

If you have been arrested for DUI, and if the officer gave you a Notice of Intent to suspend your license (because you either refused to submit to a blood, breath or urine test or had a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher), you have a 10 business day window to demand a hearing.  Your failure to do this will result in an administrative suspension of your driver's license and you haven't even been to court for the DUI charge.

A conviction for DUI could result in fines of up to $1,000.00, loss of your license for up to a year, mandatory drug and alcohol counseling and community service, performed over the course of probation.

Not all DUI cases are the same.  What your best friend did when he/she got one may not be the best course of action for you.

The key to successfully defending a DUI is investigating it thoroughly, well in advance of your arrraignment.

Copies of the arrest report, witness statements, video and audio recordings of the arrest, and personal interaction with the arresting officer are vital to making the ultimate decision whether to negotiate with the prosecutor to obtain the best plea recommendation, or to proceed to trial.

Many times the officer failed to follow the law during the course of the arrest.  He may not have a legally valid reason to stop you, to detain you or to arrest you.  Only an experienced attorney, well versed in the area of criminal law, can advise you in your particular case, and then take the necessary steps to prevent the prosecution from using this evidence against you.

The effective use of motions in DUI cases can often greatly affect the outcome of a case and lead to a reduction of the charges or to an outright acquittal.  Do not assume you are guilty just because you got charged with DUI.  Invest your time and at least talk to an attorney that handles these cases on a regular basis.

My fees are structured and graduated based upon the complexity of your case, whether or not it goes to trial, the results obtained, and the anticipated time required to conclude your case.  I will be happy to discuss this aspect of your case up front. Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions about DUI.

 

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