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Arrested for DUI? What You Should Know

Posted Friday, July 20, 2018 by Andrew Charles Huff

As a criminal defense attorney representing those accused of, among other things Driving Under the Influence (DUI), I routinely receive calls from people just arrested who are feeling completely overwhelmed. No matter the circumstances, you will be dealing with a wide range of emotions and questions, including “what happens now?”In addition to having an effective and skilled attorney on your side to represent and guide you through the process, there are a few other things to keep in mind when arrested for a DUI.

  • If you are arrested and show a BAC of .08% or more—even if you are not later convicted—you could face some administrative penalties, including a potential minimum 90-day license suspension. If you refuse to take a breath test, you could face a license suspension of a year or more.

  • A DUI conviction comes with mandatory fines potentially up to $5,000.00. Other penalties include jail time, further license suspension, Ignition Interlock Device requirements and probation.

  • A court summons will normally be mailed to you following your initial arrest and the rules require you attend your court date. At your first hearing called an Arraignment, you will plead Not Guilty and a Pre-Trial Hearing is then set.

  • You will need an alcohol evaluation, which determines whether you have any level of dependency with alcohol.

  • Complete a Victim’s Impact Panel class.

Being charged with a DUI can definitely cause stress and anxiety in your life. The best thing you can do is hire an experienced DUI defense attorney. Please call me at 206-729-3477 to ask questions about your case or set up a meeting.

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