Driving under the influence can happen. It is usually the result of a lapse in judgment on the part of the driver who over indulges and then gets behind the wheel. This can be a taboo topic for people due to the shame associated with drinking and driving. A DUI is likely to be something that you would like to keep as private as possible. As a result of a DUI, you will be faced with a complex legal system, which will result in a number of questions to arise on your part.
Can I go to jail for a DUI conviction?
It is important to note that you are likely to spend at least some time in jail after you are pulled over for a DUI. The answer to this will take into account a number of variables. Depending on where you live, and whether it is your first offense, you may not be required to serve time in jail. A judge will assess your criminal record when making a determination concerning jail time. If your DUI resulted in injuring or killing another person, the severity of the charge is likely to increase and could mean you will be required to serve time.
Do I have to tell my employer that I obtained a DUI?
It can be tricky to sort out whether you should disclose a DUI conviction to your employer. In some situations you may not be required to tell your employer or potential employer. If you are applying for a job that conducts background checks, it will be necessary that you are upfront about your charge or conviction. If your job requires that you drive, you will need to let them know of the conviction. This is especially true if you have lost your license as a repercussion for the conviction. Unfortunately, this could impact your employment your ability to do your job is impacted as a result.
What are the repercussions of a DUI?
Unfortunately a DUI comes with its’ fair share of consequences, even if it is a first time offense. The following are some of the repercussions of driving under the influence:
- You lose your license
- You injure or kill another person
- You spend time in jail
- Your insurance premiums change
- You could lose your job
- You are required to pay fines
- Your permanent record is impacted
- Carrying the stigma of a DUI charge for life
Is it possible to have my case dismissed?
It will be important to consult with a DUI attorney if you believe that your case could be dismissed. DUI’s can be incredibly difficult to contest because often, there is significant evidence against you. If you believe that you were unlawfully charged with a DUI, you may be able to have your case dismissed. You will need to rely on the help and experience of a DUI attorney to navigate this complex area of practice.
Why is a DUI attorney helpful?
A DUI attorney will understand the laws in your state. They will be familiar with DUI cases and the region where you have obtained your charge. As a result, you will get the added benefit of a professional who has relationships with people at the courthouse. They will also have familiarity with the judge presiding over your case and the opposing counsel. A DUI attorney will be in your best interest as they may be able to negotiate a lesser charge, or get you off completely.
We are well equipped to represent you in your DUI case. Allow for us to support and partner with you while we navigate the legal system together. We are compassionate and dedicated about the law and will put our best foot forward when it comes to representing you. In the event you or a loved one needs legal assistance, do not hesitate to contact a lawyer, like a DUI attorney MD trusts, to assist.
Thank you to the The Law Firm of Frederick J. Brynn, P.C for providing their insight on DUI charges.