Felt ok to drive, but now you are facing a DUI? The system can feel unfair and unfamiliar, especially when your opinion of your ability to drive seems to matter least. It is easy to feel that you did everything right, that you cooperated with the officers, jumped through their hoops and at the end were arrested and charged with DUI. Having then appeared before a judge and a prosecutor that treat you as if you are already guilty can easily produce a helplessness feeling in trying to assert your innocence.
A case does not end with your arrest, but starts there. Together we can dissect and recreate the contact with law enforcement to determine all possible defenses. We can investigate into the officer’s training and ability to conduct field sobriety tests, the reliability of the tests, and the areas of the test that you may have passed, which is conveniently left out of most reports. We take these steps with you to start to level the playing field for you.
Some potential defenses to a DUI action, include, no driving (meaning you were not driving), drinking after driving, issues with breath testing device, health related interference with a blood or breath test, insufficient proof of intoxication, or a biased police investigation. Call us today to see determine your potential defenses and realistic options.
|Offense||Range of jail time||Range of fines||Potential Community Service hours|
|1st DWAI||2 days to 180 days||$200-$500||24-48 hours|
|1st DUI (BAC below .2)||5 days to 1 year||$600 – $1,000||48-96 hours|
|1st DUI (BAC at or above .2)||10 days to 1 year||$600 – $1,000||48-96 hours|
|DUI with a prior conviction||10 days to 1 year||$600 – $1,000||48-120 hours|
|DUI with two or more prior convictions||60 days to 1 year||$600 – $1,500||48-120 hours|
|4th DUI within a lifetime||Class 4 Felony, up to 8 years in prison|