What You Have in Store for You as a First Time DUI Offender
Almost everyone has done it: Rationalized driving home by saying you “only” had a few beers and that you’re not driving very far anyway. This can be a huge mistake but it happens to thousands of people all over the state every year. At Chambers Law Firm, we understand that these things happen and we defense those accused of a DUI to ensure they can move on with their lives.
The consequences for a first conviction of DUI can vary
Depending on the circumstances of your case, the consequences for your DUI could range from pretty minor to pretty severe. There are a number of things that will be used to decide what your punishment will be, including:
- How high your BAC was.
- If you cooperated with the officers.
- If you injured anyone or caused property damage.
- The reason you were pulled over in the first place.
- If you had a minor in the car with you.
In most cases, a first time DUI offender will be facing a misdemeanor, which is serious as it can lead to jail time and huge fines. However, when you work with the right criminal defense attorney, we will work toward a lighter sentence. In some cases, we can get you into a diversion program or probation. If you successfully complete the program you’re assigned to, then you could have your charges dismissed and not appear on your record.
If you get another DUI you will not likely have the option of leniency that you might have had on your first charge. This is especially true if an injury or death occurred. A second or subsequent DUI offense is almost certain to come with jail time, significant driving restrictions, and felony charges that could negatively impact your options for work, housing, etc. in the future.
There are defense options to DUIs
Many people assume that it’s easy for the prosecution to prove a DUI but the reality is that the police, booking officers, and prosecutors have a long list of very specific procedures they must follow. If even one of these rules wasn’t carried out 100% then it may be possible to have your charge dismissed. You have rights and at Chambers Law Firm, we will work tirelessly to assure that they’re protected.
Have you been charged with a DUI?
If you’ve been charged with a DUI then you need to reach out to Chambers Law Firm today for your free case evaluation. Just call us at 855-397-0210 and we can review your case and let you know what your options are. No matter what the situation is, you can count on us to defend you and work toward the best possible outcome.