DUIs have a vast effect. In recent years, the Legislature toughens the penalties on Drunk Driving, groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving pushing much of it and the Legislators desire to be “tough on crime”. The result is that the penalties for DUI, even for first time offenders, are very stiff, disproportionately tough in contrast to other crimes. DUI are committed by all demographics of society, unlike other crimes, property crimes, drug crimes, which are disproportionately committed by those of lesser economic means, DUIs are committed by all walks of life.
There are two separate and distinct actions in a DUI case:
- the Department of Licensing action to suspend an offender’s driver’s license, and
- the criminal action, in court, where an offender’s driver’s license can again be suspended in addition to mandatory Jail Time, Probation, restrictions that come with probation and having a probation officer, an alcohol evaluation to determine the offender’s probation-ordered treatment
These two actions are often independent, you can lose your driver’s license and win the criminal case at trial, or vice-versa, win the DOL suspension action and still face criminal sanctions.
Aside from the obvious difficulty of jail time, the sanction of losing a driver’s license can have far reaching consequences, including loss of a job
The difficulty and complexity of defending a DUI demand an experienced attorney. One who has been on the “inside”, prosecuting these very crimes and now, with this experience, defending against them. Call for a free consultation. We will sit down and talk about the case in a low stress setting where you can ask questions and get information.