DUI First Offense

A DUI conviction can complicate your life in ways most people never imagine. While the penalties for a first time DUI can include a $300 fine, incarceration, six months probation, drug and alcohol assessment and alcohol safety training, there are other consequences to consider as well. Insurance companies can receive information on DUI convictions and almost always raise insurance premiums as a result of a DUI conviction. While the suspension of your license is not automatic and a mandatory jail sentence is not involved for those with a blood alcohol content (BAC) between .08% and .099%, you will have a record and could be required to perform community service. If your BAC is .10% or higher, you will have your license suspended and likely serve some time in jail.

Do not let your friends or family convince you to simply plead guilty to a first-time DUI without talking to an attorney first. A single DUI conviction can have a significant adverse impact on your driving privileges, your future employment opportunities, and your auto insurance rates.

For a free initial phone consultation with a DUI defense lawyer call Attorneys Cro & Rue.

Take the Charges Against You Very Seriously: We Certainly Do

A DUI first offense is classified as an ungraded misdemeanor. The range of penalties for a first time DUI conviction depends on several factors, including your blood alcohol level. Blood alcohol levels are divided into three categories of severity. Category 1 is for drivers between .08 and 0.099; category two is for drivers with a blood alcohol level between .10 and .159; category three is for drivers with a blood alcohol at or above .16.

A conviction for a first time DUI in the first tier can result in criminal penalties up to a $300 fine, safe driving classes, and drug and alcohol treatment. At the higher end of the scale, a conviction for a first time DUI in tier three can result in up to six months incarceration with a mandatory minimum three day sentence and up to a one year loss of your driver’s license.

What is ARD? How can it Help?

As experienced DUI defense attorneys, we always explore a range of possible solutions that will protect our client’s rights. If an acquittal or case dismissal is not likely, depending upon your criminal record and current charges, ARD may be an option. ARD can minimize potential penalties and adverse consequences. ARD stands for Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition. It is a pre-trial diversion program available to some defendants which results in a dismissal of charges, no conviction, an expungement, no jail time, and a mitigation of a driver’s license suspension. However, no one is automatically entitled to ARD. The District Attorney’s office will review each case and determine who is eligible for ARD. For more information regarding ARD and to determine if you qualify, contact our office to discuss the charges against you.

Contact DUI Defense Attorneys

Although ARD is not guaranteed or appropriate in all cases, it is one of the many ways our attorneys can seek favorable results on behalf of the clients we serve. To learn more about how to protect your record and your driver’s license, contact Attorneys Cro& Rue.

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