Broocks Greer, Attorney at Law, LLC, welcomes questions about DUI and DUI defense, such as the following FAQ:
Will my driver’s license be suspended after I have been stopped on suspicion of driving while inebriated? If so, what will I need to do to restore my driving privileges?
When you are arrested, a law enforcement officer will confiscate your driver’s license right away and issue a temporary one. You must then request a hearing within 15 days to try to recover your driver’s license as soon as possible.
You may be allowed to use a hardship license for trips to and from work and your children’s schools.
To get your driver’s license back, you must pay a reinstatement fee and meet any other designated requirements.
What if I refused to take a breath or blood test? Is my case in trouble already? And what if I did submit to one of those tests? Is there any hope for a favorable outcome for me?
If you refused to submit to an officer’s legal request for you to take blood, breath or urine test, you may have your driver’s license suspended for up to one year or, after a second time within two years, for two years or longer. An attorney can help determine whether the officer made a lawful request.
A law enforcement officer insisted that I undergo a field sobriety test after my DUI stop. Is a poor performance proof enough that I was under the influence of alcohol or drugs?
First of all, it’s important to know that you have the right to decline an officer’s request that you take a field sobriety test.
Even if you did take one and performed poorly, it is not necessarily proof of a DUI offense. Your defense lawyer may find reasons to dispute the validity and results of your field sobriety test.
If I am convicted of DUI, what penalties may I face?
- 10 days to six months in jail
- Fines of $300-$1,000
- Driver’s license suspension of up to 12 months (or 24 months if your blood alcohol content [BAC] is .20 or higher)
- 30 days to six months in jail.
- Fines of $750-$1,000
- Driver’s license suspension of up to 24 months (or four years if your BAC is .20 or higher)
- One to five years in jail
- Fines of $2,000
- Driver’s license suspension of up to 36 months (or four years if BAC is .20 or higher)
In all cases, there may be other penalties such as required interlock device installation; community service; substance abuse therapy and/or driver improvement training; and the seizure and sale of your vehicle after a third or higher offense.