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Posted by attorney Jonathan Blecher

Everyday we receive questions from people who have been charged with DUI and don't know who to turn to for help. We hope these questions help answer some basic questions.

Q. How will my DUI charge impact my driving?

An experienced DUI defender can help you keep your driving priviliges. Many people don't realize that they can often keep most of their driving privileges after being charged or convicted of DUI. An experieced DUI defender will attend administrative hearings on your behalf and employ legal motions and strategies to keep you on the road.

Q. What kind of driving can I do under a suspended license permit?

A suspended license often allows room for driving to work, school, medical and legal appointments, worship services, and meeting other individual and family needs. You can even drive to restaurants if the meal is considered part of your work day.

Q. What are the penalties if I am found guilty of DUI?

For a first time conviction of .08% BAL, the fine will be $500 - $1000, six months probation, DUI school with potential treatment to follow, a mandatory 50 hours of community service, 10 day impoundment of your car, 6 month loss of license and up to six months of jail..

For a second conviction, the fine starts at $1000, 30 day impoundment of your vehicle, Level II DUI school, 26 weeks of treatment, one year ignition interlock and, if the offense is within 5 years of your last DUI, a mandatory 10 days in jail and 5 year revocation of license. If your BAL exceeds .20%, or there was a minor in the vehicle, the fines and penalties for your conviction may be substantially higher. More serious penalties apply for third and fourth convictions and if a person is injured or killed as a result of a DUI accident.

An automatic suspended license is also part of the penalty

Q. How do I know the breath test was accurate?

You don't, and you should never assume that the breath test evidence will convict you.

Q.The officer didn't read me Miranda warnings; what can I do?

Police officers often neglect driver's rights during a DUI stop and arrest. Police misconduct and neglecting your rights may be reason for dismissing or reducing your charges. We thoroughly investigate every aspect of your DUI charge, from probable cause for the stop, through police and prosecutor's questioning techniques at the police station. Put experience at your side as soon as possible after you have been charged.

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