Having a DUI on your record can be detrimental and stigmatizing. Shannon I. Wilson provides compassionate advice and professional representation through a process that best serves your legal and personal needs.
A charge of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants triggers two separate events:
1) a criminal case that could result in jail time, fines, treatment classes, and other court ordered obligations, and
2) A right to a DMV hearing to combat the proposed suspension of your driving privileges (must request within 10 days of the arrest). A license suspension for DUI can range anywhere from 90 days up to 3 years. Having an attorney investigate and examine your DMV case can better your chances in avoiding a driver license suspension. You can refer to back of your implied consent form for additional information on these hearings.
If convicted of a DUI you could be fined $6,250 and could serve up to one year in county jail. Most likely if this is your first or second DUI the court will order fines and jail time significantly less than the maximum penalties.
If this is your first time being charged with a DUI, you may qualify for entry into Diversion. This option is best described as “probation” type conditions before the court entering a conviction. If you can successfully enter Diversion and complete all of the court ordered requirements within the time limit, you can have the charge for DUI dismissed by the court. Diversion is not available as an option if you possess a CDL (Commercial Driver License), prior court ordered drug and alcohol treatment within the past 15 years, previous DUI within the past 15 years, or caused another person physical injury in relation to your DUI.