3 Reasons To Avoid A DUI Conviction

If law enforcement stops you and levies a Driving Under The Influence (DUI) charge, you need to hire a DUI lawyer as quickly as possible. You want to avoid this charge from appearing on your criminal record. You can face fines, community service, and possible jail time, but there are other long-reaching ramifications. Here are a few. 

1. Driving License Suspension

Can you imagine not being able to get back and forth to work, or other places you and your family need to go? Unfortunately, when the court convicts you of DUI most states suspend your driving privileges.

The length of the suspension varies depending on the state you are charged in. Some states such as Kansas, have a minimum driving suspension of 30 days, while in other states, such as Indiana, the minimum suspension can be up to 2 years. 

A DUI defense lawyer may be able to petition the court for limited driving privileges. If the court approves the petition you may drive to and from work.

2. Ignition Interlock Device Required

An ignition interlock device (IID), is a small breathalyzer the courts in many states require you to have installed in your vehicle. The device prevents you from starting your car if you have alcohol on your breath. Depending on the device and the length of your trip, the device may require additional breaths during your journey.

There is a cost to have an IID installed on your vehicle. The court will also require payment for the monthly monitoring cost. 

3. Travel Limitations

Many people don't realize there can be travel limitations placed on your life long after the court releases you from any court-ordered obligations. For example, if you have a DUI conviction, you may experience difficulty when attempting a Canadian border crossing. 

Canada has strict laws concerning DUI. In Canada, the crime can be punishable for a longer time. When you apply to enter Canada with a DUI on your criminal record, the authorities coverts the charge to the Canadian equivalent.

The seriousness of the Canadian equivalent charge would prevent you from entering the country. If you enter Canada on a cruise ship passing through the country on its way somewhere else, you will not be allowed to exit the boat and visit the port. 

It is definitely worth the cost to hire a DUI attorney. If you choose not to, you may be paying for the charge for an extended period.

Consult a DUI defense lawyer to learn more.