Frequently Asked Questions

Are DUI Checkpoints Illegal and Should I Refuse to Answer All Questions?

DUI checkpoints have been around for many years. Many people will look at these types of roadblocks as a way for law enforcement intimidating the public into forced behavior. In this case, preventing people from drinking and driving. While we obviously do not condone drinking and driving, we also do not want to see anyone … Read more

Is a first time DUI a misdemeanor or a felony?

Every crime is classified based on its severity. Crimes classified as misdemeanors are typically considered less serious than those classified as felonies are. As a result, associated punishments are not usually as severe. Many people are surprised to learn that being charged driving under the influence labels an individual a criminal and even more surprised … Read more

Will I Have to Attend DUI Classes or DUI School?

If arrested, charged, and convicted of a DUI, you may be required to complete DUI classes or DUI school. While this is not required in all states, it is becoming the norm rather than the exception, especially in the case of repeat offenders. You may also be given the opportunity to lessen the impact of … Read more

Why Using a Public Defender for a DUI is a Bad Idea

Getting a DUI is no longer a trivial matter, nor has it been in quite some time. In years past, DUIs were treated as nothing more than a traffic ticket. Today. A DUI will not only cost you excessive fines, a license suspension, and possible jail time, it may also cost you your job! For … Read more

Do I Have to Use a DUI Attorney?

After being arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), some people panic because they cannot afford an attorney. But, must you retain an attorney if you are facing this charge? The answer depends on the situation but in general, it is wise to at least consult with an attorney to determine the next steps. Whether … Read more

Will My Job Find Out About My DUI?

If you have been arrested, charged, and convicted of a DUI, it is understandable that you may be concerned about your job. Depending upon the type of job and/or the company’s policies, being arrested could result in immediate dismissal. So, the question is, will your boss find out if you are arrested for a DUI? … Read more

Can Police Errors Help Beat a DUI Charge?

Law enforcement officials are making  headlines for their questionable behaviors on the job. While often not as overt, mistakes can also be made during DUI arrests. When defending a DUI charge, exposing police errors can have the most successful results. This requires comprehensive legal knowledge and in-depth understanding of DUI processes and procedures. Police Reports … Read more

How to Fight Depression and Embarrassment After a DUI Charge

A DUI charge often results in more than license suspension, fines, and possible jail time. Many people feel embarrassed and ashamed after being charged with driving while intoxicated and some even slip into depression. Whether this is the first DUI charge or a repeat offense, the right approach can prevent feelings of shame from creeping … Read more

I Was Just Charged with a DUI – What Do I Do Now?

Your life may have been changed forever. Being stopped for a DUI is a very serious offense. Guilty or not, you have some big decisions to make about how to handle your case. We realize that this is a scary time and that your mind is racing, which is why we have put together a … Read more

Staying Positive After a DUI Will Prevent Further Personal Consequences

Driving under the influence of alcohol is a crime, so it is natural for someone charged with DUI to feel like a criminal. This can make it difficult to look at life in a positive manner, which can lead to severe emotional problems and can destroy personal relationships. Avoiding the tendency to assume a negative … Read more

What if This is My Third DUI Offense?

Operating a motor vehicle while having a blood-alcohol concentration of at least 0.08 percent is against the law in this country. State of residence determines the consequences of a DUI conviction, with potential penalties including fines, loss of driving privileges, probation, and time in jail. Subsequent DUI convictions have more severe penalties so if this … Read more

Will I Lose My Job after a DUI Arrest is Put on My Record?

Driving under the influence is an offense that is placed on the criminal record upon conviction. Getting a DUI can have long-term consequences from an employment perspective. However, mistakes can be made during DUI arrests and a good defense lawyer will identify and point these out to the court. If a DUI arrest does not … Read more

How a DUI Can Cause Depression

DUI affects the pocketbook and can affect employment. However, the most severe consequence of a DUI conviction may be unseen. Being convicted of driving under the influence can be emotionally draining and over the long-term, could result in depression. Whether the driver injured or killed another individual or is simply in denial or shock that … Read more

What Happens If You Refuse a Breathalyzer?

A breathalyzer is a controversial device that measures blood alcohol content, typically used to support a driving under the influence (DUI) charge. Some states have an implied consent law stating that a driver license implies consent to breathalyzer testing during a DUI arrest. Others have instituted safeguards to reduce the number of mistaken convictions based … Read more

Do You Have to Take a Field Sobriety Test?

When drivers are pulled over for suspected DUI, they may be subjected to field sobriety tests. A vehicle stop can be unnerving so drivers do not always think clearly regardless of whether they have consumed any alcohol. Many drivers go along with field sobriety testing because they believe it is mandatory. This is not true, … Read more

Lifestyle Changes Needed after a DUI Arrest

A DUI arrest can literally be a sobering moment. For some people, the reality they have a real problem finally hits home. For others, it is just a compilation of a night of making some very bad decisions. Regardless of the situation, anyone arrested for a DUI should and needs to make some lifestyle changes … Read more

What Are My Rights When Pulled Over for a DUI?

Being pulled over for a DUI can be a very scary experience. In addition to the obvious points, you could face jail time, heavy fines, and possibly lose your license for an extended period of time. If you are pulled over, you need to be aware of your rights as well as what you should … Read more

What To Do After a DUI Arrest

You have just been pulled over for suspicion of DUI and the officer is approaching your car… what should you do? Thousands of people are faced with this question every day and night. Making a bad decision here could literally affect the rest of your life. Knowing how to handle this situation properly may just … Read more

How Much Will I Pay in Fines for a Second DUI Offense?

Fines, driver license suspension, and jail time…anyone convicted of DUI may face these and other punishments. Drivers charged with multiple DUIs are subject to even harsher consequences, some of which hit their wallets. DUI is a crime associated with steep fines that increase with repeat offenses. Learn how much a second DUI might cost and … Read more

What If I Got a DUI in a Different State?

As you probably already know, each state has its own DUI laws. You may know the laws and procedures of your home state, but what happens if you are arrested and charged in a different state? This is not as uncommon as one might think, as people often have a few too many during a … Read more

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