Many people arrested for drinking and driving wonder what will happen next. Naturally, this is a very frightening and confusing time. It’s important to have some guidance and understand what to expect. Here are answers to some of your most important questions about DUI charges and how to protect yourself under the law.
Will I Face Jail Time?
Depending on your BAC at the time of your arrest and other circumstances when you were taken into custody, you may face a jail sentence. First time DUI charges may not result in a jail sentence, or your attorney may negotiate treatment versus incarceration. However, if you are charged with other crimes, such as resisting arrest, you are more likely to face jail time.
Will My License Be Taken Away?
Immediately following your DUI arrest, your license will be suspended. You must attend a hearing within a very short amount of time to contest your license suspension. Ideally, your license will be reinstated while you wait for your DUI hearing. Even if your license remains suspended, you may be able to get a hardship license that allows you to drive to and from work.
How Much Will It Cost to Hire a DUI Lawyer?
Legal fees vary from lawyer to lawyer, but typically, the costs of hiring good counsel outweigh the costs you’ll incur if you have no counsel or utilize a public defender and end up facing harsher penalties. Before hiring a lawyer, always ask about fees and what your payment responsibilities will be.
What Rights Do I Have After a DUI Arrest?
Even if you are arrested, you still have certain unalienable rights. You have the right to remain silent and to not answer any questions asked of you by law enforcement. This includes questions about where you were coming from or going, what you had to drink or if you were drinking, or any other type of questioning. You can simply decline to comment. You also have the right to an attorney, but you will usually have to contact the attorney on your own when you are allowed a phone call.
Navigating the waters of a DUI arrest can be disconcerting. J. Brian Kelley is a seasoned DUI attorney that can help guide you through the process step by step. Call today for a consultation to discuss your case at (208) 735-0030.