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If a DUI arrest turns into a DUI conviction, then your life could drastically change. Although DUI laws vary from state-to-state, the penalties for most first-time DUI convictions include:
· Jail time
· Suspended license
More and more states are also requiring that DUI penalties, even for first offenders, include the use of ignition interlock devices for one year.
Ignition interlock devices are breathalyzer-like devices that control your car's engine. In order to start your car, you must pass a breath test. Once you're on the road, you may have to pass more breath tests while driving. If ordered by the court, you are responsible for paying for the installation and monthly processing of the ignition interlock devices. After a year of use, you could be out thousands of dollars.
If you have multiple DUI convictions, the penalties increase exponentially. A DUI can stay on your record and could come back to haunt you years in the future making it difficult to find a job, get a commercial driver's license or get affordable car insurance.
Because of the steep penalties for a DUI, many people choose to stand up and fight their charges. Many people turn to a DUI lawyer for help.
A DUI lawyer may be able to:
· Defend your rights
· Find ways to challenge evidence in your case
· Negotiate a plea bargain
When looking at the evidence for your case, a DUI lawyer may try to find ways to challenge the traffic stop, the breath test and other sobriety tests. For example, a police officer must have probable cause to pull you over. If he didn't, any evidence collected may be thrown out of the case. Also, your lawyer may see if the arresting officer was properly trained and followed correct procedure when administering tests and gathering evidence.
If you decide you want to fight your DUI charges, you may want to contact a local DUI lawyer. A DUI lawyer in your state can speak with you about the laws and how they might apply to your case.
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