Driving while under the influence of alcoholic beverages or a controlled substance is one of the most serious traffic violations you can commit. In fact, it is classified as a traffic crime and in some circumstances a misdemeanor, or under more limited circumstances, even a felony.
Many individuals do not consider driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs (DUI) to be a significant offense.
It does not require any criminal intent and happens to many people regardless of age or demographic. Nevertheless, DUI penalties are serious and a DUI often appears on employment background checks for the rest of that person’s life.
As prosecutors and defense attorneys with decades of experience, we have seen countless DUI cases. We know the technical aspects of the law that make a difference in a case.
You can easily have several beverages when you're outside with buddies. In the event you get behind the wheel of an automobile and drive when you are drunk, the outcomes could be devastating. A single, brief lapse in judgment may have damaging and long-lasting impacts on your individual freedom, your expert lifestyle, as well as your financing.
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, do not take the charge lightly. Maximum penalties for a first offense include: The loss of driving privileges, potential jail time and thousands of dollars in fines. This can be devastating to those who need their vehicle to commute to work.
"Patrick Earl, Criminal Defense Attorney"'s DUI lawyers will thoroughly investigate your case and consider all potential defenses and justifications which can be produced to effectively protect you at this hard time. Nevertheless, you need to work fast because we require recording an objection with the Department of Motor Vehicles for you, within 10 days of your arrest.
It is necessary to know that when a DUI arrest happens, two different legal procedures occur. First is the criminal lawsuit which is tried by the State Attorney's Office. The second court case is the "Administrative Review Hearing" where the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles try to administratively suspend your license while the DUI case is pending.
Call our office at (509) 750-9921 today to schedule a free initial consultation about DUI charges.
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