If you are stopped for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs (better known as a DUI), there are undoubtedly many questions that you have. You may have undergone either a field sobriety test or breathalyzer test that determined if you are intoxicated past the legal limit.
This article provides insight on what to expect and some helpful suggestions for navigating the process.
1. What happens when you get a DUI?
After being stopped by a police officer, tested for intoxication and possibly arrested for driving under the influence, there is a fairly consistent chain of events that follow. The first may involve a ride to the police station in the back of a police vehicle. Once there, you may be fingerprinted and photographed. Depending on the state, you may leave once your bail is paid or stay until you are sober.
During your arrest process, you should expect to receive a ticket and/or summons listing your court date.
2. What should you expect at a DUI court case?
The experience is often times embarrassing or humiliating for the accused. The public trial can vary in length and be cautious if you wish to deny, plead not guilty or fight the charges because your field sobriety test and video footage may be used as evidence.
If convicted, part of the repercussions usually includes a mandatory fine. There are guidelines in each state that set the minimum and maximum fines, but other evidence or circumstances can affect the value of your fine.
Probation is likely to follow, even if jail is not required. Be prepared for this cost because the monthly fee associated with administering your probation falls to you. An alcohol evaluation is often administered as part of a court-ordered program.
Keep in mind that the price of a DUI further rises when auto insurance prices rise. A special insurance policy, SR-22 insurance, is often required and you may see your premiums triple.
3. Do you lose your license immediately after a DUI?
Next, regardless of your state or frequency of the occurrence, you will likely lose your driver’s license for a period of time. Some states entitle those convicted of a DUI the opportunity to use a restricted license to drive to/from work or school, but even these are severe reductions in driving privileges. In order to regain your license, it is very likely that an alcohol and drug education program will be required. Once again, this incurs a fee and class time.
It is possible to have your record cleared or sealed, but this varies drastically from state-to-state. These laws undergo frequent changes so check your state’s laws to learn more.
For more information on how to navigate the process, visit MyDUISolution today! Their user-friendly website guides you through various aspects of a DUI conviction from financing to alternate transportation. You can also use their website to search for legal assistance to represent you through the process.