Answers To Your Questions About Your DUI Case
For many people, being charged with DUI is the very first time they have ever found themselves going up against law enforcement. They are scared and confused, and they have no idea what they need to do next. If you are in this situation, you may have questions about the DUI process, and what sort of penalties you may be facing.
At Richard T. Bryant & Associates, P.C., our attorney, Andrew S. Talge, has more than 25 years of experience handling DUI cases for clients throughout the region. Andrew wanted to take a few moments to discuss some of the frequently asked questions that we get at the firm, so that you have a better idea of what happens in DUI cases.
Will I lose my license?
This can be somewhat complicated, as there are specific things that you can do to protect your driving privileges, but you must take immediate action to preserve your options. In Kansas and Missouri, there are two phases that make up each DUI: the criminal phase, which concerns penalties that apply if you are charged and convicted of DUI, and the administrative license suspension process, which concerns the suspension of your driving privileges. It is important to note that the administrative suspension of your license may happen even if you successfully defend yourself against DUI charges.
In order to protect your license, you have to request a hearing to challenge the suspension of your driving privileges. Failing to request a hearing in this window means that you waive your rights, and agree to the suspension. It is much more difficult to regain your driving privileges after these suspensions are put in place.
Will I end up going to jail?
If you are convicted of a DUI, it is possible that jail time may result, especially if you have repeat DUI offenses. The more serious the factors of your case, the more likely it is that jail time will be handed down in your case.
In some circumstances, there may be diversionary programs available that can reduce the charges or penalties that you may be facing. The way to take full advantage of the opportunities available to you is to consult an experienced lawyer to build a defense on your behalf.
Do I really need an attorney for my case?
Absolutely. DUI charges carry harsh and life-changing consequences. Thinking that you can handle your own case is a serious mistake, as you could make serious mistakes that have a serious negative impact upon your future.
You need an experienced lawyer to serve as your guide throughout your case. Your attorney will be able to analyze your case to determine the best possible approach to take to ensure that your rights are protected. These cases are much more complex than they appear, and you have to have someone on your side who understands the process and is going to fight for you at all times.
How do I schedule a consultation to discuss my case?