If you have received a DUI/DWI charge it is critical that you obtain legal representation as quickly as possible. Only with the help of experienced and qualified DUI/DWI legal representation can you hope to mitigate or even beat these charges. No matter what state you live in, DUI and DWI charges are very serious and can have severe consequences. Our attorneys:
- Are experts on DUI/DWI laws
- Have extensive experience defending all types of DUI/DWI cases
- Work hard to protect your rights and minimize the damages and penalties from your DUI/DWI arrest
There are few misdemeanor crimes that carry such severe and long lasting implications as a DUI/DWI conviction. Having an experienced DUI/DWI attorney on your side can make the difference between huge legal expenses and a long drawn out penalty or an easy, more just ending, possibly even an acquittal.
Ask anyone who has been through the process and they will tell you to get an attorney and get one as soon as possible after your DUI/DWI arrest. Your future could depend upon it.
Here are just some of the penalties that are possible with a DUI/DWI charge:
- Jail time
- Alcohol rehabilitation program
- Exorbitant fines and fees
- Work programs
- Secured electronic confinement
- Installation of an ignition interlock device
- Drivers license suspension
In some cases you will be required to attend both a court hearing and a DMV hearing, and these require dramatically different defenses. Our legal team is committed to providing the proper defense in every state and for both court and DMV hearings.
The court process actually begins when the arresting officer places you under arrest for DUI or DWI. After the arrest, an arrest report is completed and sent to the local district attorney's office. The arrest report will contain the charges to be brought against the defendant. In most jurisdictions and most cases, the DUI complaint will be a misdemeanor, but this can vary based on the blood alcohol level of the defendant as well as any prior convictions for DUI/DWI.
If your arrest is filed as a misdemeanor there is no need for you to appear in court, your attorney can appear on your behalf. This allows you to go about your normal life without having to explain your absence from work or other obligations.
You will receive an initial order to appear in court or in front of a district justice where the charges against you are formally presented and you are given the opportunity to plead either guilty of not guilty.
This initial hearing is called an arraignment. This is often the point where special circumstances can be brought forward, or discrepancies in the arrest procedure can be cited. In some cases it will not be necessary to go past the arraignment stage as the case will be dismissed for a variety of reasons.
If you plead not guilty and your case is set for trial, you will receive a trial date from the district attorney. At the trial, your attorney will negotiate on your behalf with the staff of the district attorney to get you the most favorable result. The attorney will also determine if there are any other mitigating circumstances surrounding your arrest and case and will file any appropriate motions on your behalf.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case and any offers made by the district attorney, your attorney will then discuss the alternatives with you. In some cases it is best to take the plea agreement, while in others it is better to go to trial with the case. Your attorney will do what is best for you, and will act only after consultation with you.Review My Case Now
The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is responsible for license suspensions and revocations. In some states, these are handled automatically based on your charges and the judge's recommendations.
In others, the court and DMV hearings are separate. Some states further separate the DMV involvement into suspensions for a DUI arrest and suspensions for a DUI conviction. Whenever you are arrested for DUI/DWI it is critical that you contact an attorney immediately to preserve your license if possible.
In some states you have as little as 10 days after the arrest in which to request a hearing from the DMV, so you can see how critical it is to have an attorney on your side as early in the DUI/DWI legal process as possible.Review My Case Now
Our attorneys are proud to offer the most comprehensive legal representation, regardless of the jurisdiction you received your DUI/DWI arrest. DUI/DWI defense is dependent on the laws in each respective state, and we can handle these differences across the nation.
Our experienced and dedicated DUI/DWI attorneys will protect your rights and ensure the best possible outcome for your DUI/DWI case. Contact us today so we can get started working for you.