DUI FAQ – When Facing DUI Charges (Pt. 1)
DUI charges can undoubtedly be stressful and scary, especially for people who have never really dealt with the criminal justice system before. In this two-part blog, we will answer some of the most frequently asked questions about DUI charges to try to provide some insight as to what people can expect as they work towards resolving their case.
While the answers herein are general in nature, you can easily obtain more specific info pertaining to your case and circumstances by contacting the Colorado Springs DUI defense attorneys at Kohn Law Firm We are happy to answer all of your questions and start assisting you with your defense.
Q – I’ve been charged with DUI. Will I have to go to jail?
A – Whether or not a person will have to serve some jail time for a DUI will depend on the specifics of his case, including:
- Whether the individual has prior DUI convictions
- What the person’s blood alcohol content was at the time of the DUI stop (specifically, whether the BAC was less than 0.199 or greater than 0.2)
- Whether anyone was hurt or killed in the course of the alleged DUI.
In general, it can be possible to get jail time suspended if a person has no prior DUIs, his BAC was less than 0.199 and no one else was injured in the course of the incident.
Q – Am I going to lose my driver’s license?
A – Maybe. The fact is that, after a DUI arrest, there will be two cases that you will have to deal with – the criminal case with the courts and the administrative case with the Division of Motor Vehicles. How your driving privileges will be affected by the DUI will be determined independently of the criminal case – and usually regardless of how that case proceeds.
Generally, people charged with a DUI will have to request a hearing with the Division of Motor Vehicles within days of their arrest in order to try to preserve their driving privileges. If a person doesn’t request this hearing or if he doesn’t mount a successful case during the hearing, the driver’s license will likely be suspended (typically for a period of 30 days and up to one year). After this suspension, it can be possible to get a restricted license reinstated (so, for example, a person can drive to and from work).
Q – How much will a DUI conviction cost me?
A – Although the specific cost of a DUI conviction will depend on the circumstances and specifics of a case, in general, it’s been estimated by experts that people will ultimately end up spending about $10,000 in penalties and various costs if they are convicted of DUI for the first time. Keep in mind, however, that these costs can be mitigated and reduced with the help of an experienced DUI defense attorney, who may be able to get the charges or penalties reduced.
For more answers to DUI FAQs, be sure to check out the upcoming second part of this blog.
Colorado Springs DUI Defense Lawyers at Kohn Law Firm
Have you or a loved one been charged with a DUI? If so, the Colorado Springs DUI defense attorneys at Kohn Law Firm are ready to aggressively defend your rights and help you bring your case to a successful resolution.
To learn more about how we can help you, set up an initial consultation with us by calling us at (719) 328-9555 or by emailing us using the contact form at the top of this page.
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