Driving under the influence, typically referred to as DUI, is an offense that occurs when a motorist operates a motorized vehicle (car, truck, motorcycle and even a boat) with a breath or blood-alcohol content of .08% or greater or if a motorist is under the influence of alcohol, chemical or controlled substances to the extent that his normal faculties are impaired. DUI can also occur when a driver’s abilities are compromised by medication.
DUI is usually charged as a misdemeanor, but in some instances, the accused driver may face felony charges. When a driver is charged with felony DUI, it may be due to previous DUI-related convictions. Felony DUI charges may also apply if the accused driver injures or kills someone in a DUI-related car accident. Greater penalties may apply with a felony-level DUI conviction such as more substantial fines and imprisonment.
If You Are Convicted Of DUI
- You may have a permanent criminal record for the rest of your life.
- Your license may be revoked.
- You may be placed on probation.
- You may have to complete substance abuse classes.
- You may be sentenced to jail time, even on a first offense.
- Your auto insurance premiums may increase.
- Conviction may cost you your job.
Why You Should Contact An Experienced DUI Lawyer
A person who is arrested for a FIRST time DUI and has his license administratively suspended for breath above .08 or refusal can get a hardship license from the DMV if they sign up for DUI school, show proof to DMV and WAIVE a formal review hearing within ten days. If you do NOT waive the formal review and sign up for dui school within ten days, you run the risk of a hard suspension. A hard suspension can result in a 30 day ban from all driving if your breath was at or above .08 or a 90 day suspension for refusal.
A DUI conviction is serious. Penalties for a first-time conviction range up to a $500 fine and up to six months in jail! If we represent you, we will help you with this process and try to keep you driving throughout the dui process.
The lawyers with the Kemp, Ruge & Green Law Group are trained to represent drivers charged with driving under the influence. Kemp, Ruge & Green will fight to protect your rights. Don’t fight your DUI alone. Get the expert guidance and professional legal assistance of Kemp, Ruge & Green.