Frequently Asked Questions

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

Top 5 DUI Defense Tactics to Use in a Court Case

Being at the defense table during a trial is not usually fun. Defendants often find themselves fighting uphill battles, particularly in cases regarding driving under the influence (DUI). Though DUI trials have much in common with jury trials for traffic tickets, they are more complex and emotions tend to run high due to the nature … Read more

Are There Pro Bono Lawyers for a DUI Case?

Attorneys specialize in different areas of the law and each charges different rates for services. While some lawyers charge enough to bankrupt their clients, others do not charge a penny unless they win the case (and some never charge a cent). Are “pro bono” lawyers available to DUI offenders and if so, how can they … 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

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

Top Mistakes Police Make During a DUI Arrest

Stopping an individual for suspected driving under the influence (DUI) sets in motion a chain of events that can result in fines, license suspension, and jail time. Though police officers are trained in the DUI arrest process, many make mistakes. By exposing these errors, a DUI attorney refutes the credibility of the officer and/or the … Read more

How Can You Get a DUI with Just Your Keys in the Ignition?

A man goes to a bar, has some alcoholic drinks, leaves, and gets into his car. However, instead of starting the car and driving home intoxicated, he falls asleep behind the wheel before turning the key in the ignition. A few hours later, he is awakened by a police officer and charged with driving while … 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

What is the Best Way to Get Help After a DUI?

After being arrested for driving under the influence, or DUI, feeling ashamed and alone is a common reaction. Many people do not want to tell their friends and coworkers that they have been charged with DUI due to the stigma it carries. Some experience feelings of despair and hopelessness due to potential suspension of the … Read more

Why a Plea Bargain is Sometimes the Only Option for a DUI

Though the media portrays a different picture, most criminal cases never see the inside of a courtroom. Instead, the defendant enters a plea agreement or a plea bargain that determines the penalty for the crime. In many cases, a plea bargain places limitations on conviction or promises a particular sentence. Sometimes, plea bargaining is the … Read more

Can you beat a DUI on a technicality?

A DUI charge is scary but it does not always stick. People charged with driving under the influence have beaten this charge and gone on to live normal lives. Though some evidence may be irrefutable, cases have been won based on legal technicalities. Determine whether one of these applies and then retain a reputable DUI … Read more

What Steps to Take to Keep My License After a DUI Arrest

Drivers pulled over and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) may immediately lose their licenses. If they do not request a hearing, their driving privileges may be suspended for 30 days or longer. To prevent the license from being confiscated by the arresting officer, a driver should follow several steps. License Confiscation During DUI … Read more

How to Fight a DUI in Court with a DUI Attorney

Being charged with a DUI does not require pleading guilty. Everyone has rights, even people who are accused of violating the law. Anyone who decides to fight a DUI in court should retain a DUI lawyer and learn the process followed in criminal trials. Understanding how to fight the charges before stepping into the courtroom … Read more

Will a DUI Attorney Get My Case Dismissed?

There are no guarantees in life, but you can be reasonably sure that you will not be able to beat a DUI charge without an attorney. Hiring a qualified, local DUI attorney considerably increases your chances of beating a DUI charge. Or, at the very least, having the charges reduced to the lesser charge of … 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 Is a Victim Impact Panel and Why Do I Have to Go?

State DUI laws allow courts to impose penalties including fines, driver license suspension, and jail time. However, these fail to address the issues that cause people to drink and drive. As a result, many states are adding alcohol education and treatment programs to the list of penalties for a DUI conviction. A victim impact panel … 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

How to Get Immediate Help for my DUI

Being pulled over and charged with DUI is scary but the consequences can be downright traumatic. DUI offenders should not become paralyzed with fear but instead take action immediately. The Internet is filled with information about DUI and how to deal with it but consulting a specialized DUI attorney is the most effective way to … Read more

How Can a DUI Attorney Show My Rights Were Violated?

If your rights were not read to you, or there is some question as to the integrity of the reading, is there a way for your attorney to get you out from under a DUI charge? Having the entire case immediately thrown out may not be possible, but a good attorney may be able to … Read more

How Can I Get Out of a DUI?

If you were recently arrested and charged with DUI, you are probably in shell shock right now. The fact that you are facing thousands of dollars in fines and possible jail time, as well as a license suspension, may only be the beginning of your problems if you are found guilty. If you depend on … Read more

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