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DUI Lawyer Salt Lake County
DUI and DWI are serious traffic offenses. If you are convicted of these infractions, your driving record, insurance premiums, and criminal record will reflect this turn of events. There are severe consequences traditionally associated with DUI convictions, including license suspension, fines and jail time. As a result, it is critically important to speak with an experienced Salt Lake City, UT DUI lawyer as soon as you’ve been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. The sooner that the experienced legal team at Rasmussen & Miner can begin advising you and building a strong defense, the sooner you can benefit from truly experienced legal guidance.
Will You Lose Your License?
It’s common for the arresting officer to take your license if you are charged with DWI/DUI and give you a temporary license. You may need to appear at the Department of Motor Vehicles and request a hearing to keep your license. If you fail to meet the deadline, which could be as few as 10 business days from your DUI arrest, your license may be suspended. You can argue your case to the DMV to keep your license, but the decision is up to the administrative panel. Your case may depend on the circumstances of your arrest and any prior DUI convictions. If you have questions about this process or you have been issued a temporary license, please contact a Salt Lake County DUI lawyer for clarification regarding your next steps. MIssteps now can significantly impact your ability to remain legally licensed in the not so distant future.
If you refuse chemical testing, blood or urine testing or a breathalyzer test, your license will most likely be suspended for up to a year. This is even if your DUI/DWI charges are dropped or you are not convicted. Depending on the rules of the state in which you were arrested, this suspension could last up to 12 months.
To get your license back, you may need to go through a treatment program at your own expense. You have to complete the program to apply to get your license back, but there’s no guarantee. You may also be charged administrative fees to get your license bank. These fees are often based on the length of time you lose your license. Expect the fees to be $200 or more, but it depends on the state in which you were arrested. Many people aren’t aware that even if they aren’t convicted of a DUI, refusing certain kinds of alcohol testing can result in a loss of their license. If you’re worried that a test refusal could impact your license, please speak with a Salt Lake County DUI lawyer for guidance.
When you are convicted of a DWI/DUI, your insurance rates will likely increase. If your license is suspended, to get it back, you may also have to demonstrate that you can get liability insurance. Your auto insurer may drop your insurance, so you may have to shop around to find an insurance company that will offer auto insurance. It depends on your insurance company.
DUI Convictions Remain on Your Record
If you are convicted for DWI/DUI, it will remain on your record when employers run background checks. It will probably remain on your driver’s license for the rest of your life. You can’t move to another state to get away from it. As a result, it is important to seek strong reputation from an experienced Salt Lake County DUI lawyer as soon as you possibly can. If there is any way to avoid conviction, your attorney will help you do so. If not, your attorney will work hard to ensure that potential consequences of conviction are as mitigated as they can be in your case.