There are HUGE differences between DUI and Neg 1 - not the least of which is MANDATORY jail time, MANDATORY license suspensions, MANDATORY Interlock devices, and more! You definitely need to consult with a skilled DUI attorney immediately so that you can get to work on hopefully getting a great result on your case. I'd be happy to discuss it with you.
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There is a large difference and well worth hiring an attorney. For example, a DUI can have you on probation 5 years and never comes off of your record. There are a number of other important differences as well.
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With the refusal, if you are convicted you will wind up paying thousands of dollars; at least a one year loss of license, another 12 months of interlock (at around $100 a month), 3 years of high risk insurance. Not to mention the mandatory jail and 5 years of probation.
Hiring a lawyer doesn't guarantee you avoid conviction; but a good DUI attorney can very commonly save you more than their fees. At the very least, you should talk to a local lawyer and get your questions answered.