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DUI Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The following frequently asked questions and answers are general in nature. They are not intended to replace an attorney-client relationship or to substitute specific legal advice. Always check with a DUI attorney before making any final decisions.
Question 1. Do the police have a case against me if they unlawfully stopped, arrested, tested and charged me? And do I have any rights?
Answer: If your rights were violated in any way, there may be no case against you. A good DWI lawyer will evaluate whether you were treated properly. If they find you were not, it is very possible the case may be dismissed.
Question 2. Because a DUI case is very damaging to a person’s life and their livelihood, what can I do after I’ve had a DUI conviction?
Answer: With the help of a good DUI attorney, you will receive the kind of direction that leads to help in rebuilding and restoring your life. In addition, a good DUI lawyer can be of help in minimizing penalties such as jail time.
Question 3. If after submitting to chemical testing, the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is found to be less than .08, can I still lose my driver’s license?
Answer: Yes, it is possible, but usually a person loses their license as a result of another conviction for DWI or a related offense. Generally speaking, for a driver’s license to be automatically suspended, the blood alcohol concentration must be .08 or more while driving.
Answer: A police officer has the authority to order a blood sample from an arrested person only if during an accident a death has resulted, is likely to result in a death or there has been serious bodily injury. A police officer can force a blood test but never a Breathalyzer.
Question 5. Why is it so important that I see a drunk driving attorney about my DUI?
Answer: A DUI is a felony or misdemeanor criminal offense and not just a traffic ticket. If you are convicted of a DUI, there are mandatory legal penalties which requires the help of a qualified DUI attorney.
Question 6. What are the penalties that can occur if I am charged with a DUI?
Answer: If you are convicted of a DUI, your driver’s license is automatically suspended unless you fight. In addition, your auto insurance rates will increase and the conviction can appear on your credit report. If you are a professionally licensed individual, generally a conviction will be reported to your governing agency.
Question 6. Is there any special criterion to look for when choosing a DUI lawyer?
Answer: Most DWI attorneys do not practice criminal law, therefore when choosing an attorney it is important to choose an attorney who specializes in DUI. Never select anyone you don’t feel comfortable with and be sure if you have questions they are answered satisfactorily. When you’re looking for a criminal attorney, you should evaluate the initial interview carefully. Competency is critical in a DUI case.
Question 7. What would happen if I represented myself in court or at the DMV?
Question 8. What happens if on the day I’m supposed to appear in court, I can’t make it? Are there added consequences?
Answer: In most DUI cases, your attorney can appear for you.
Question 9. Is it okay to discuss my situation with family members, friends and co-workers?
Answer: It is best not to discuss your arrest with anyone other than your attorney, as friends, family members and co-workers may be called as witnesses by the prosecution. Protect your reputation by speaking only to your attorney, as an attorney cannot be called as a witness.
Question 10. As a DUI attorney, can you guarantee that the outcome of my case will turn out okay?
Answer: No attorney can guarantee results or that the situation will be resolved entirely. However, when retaining the services of a reputable, qualified DUI lawyer, you are assured of the best results possible.
About the DUI Attorneys at Straight DUIThe DUI lawyers at Straight DUI do everything they can to help you when it comes to DUI. To get you off, keep your record clean and prevent you from losing your license to drive, we start by believing that you shouldn’t have been arrested, so with that uppermost in our minds, we fight for you. When you place yourself in the hands of the knowledgeable DUI attorneys at straightdui.com, you know you will be treated fairly and will receive the best defense possible. We understand how important a good defense is to your case and so we do everything to protect your rights.Call us at 1 (877) 420-6719 and let us help.