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Frequently Asked Questions about DUI
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Will I lose my license after a DUI conviction?
This will depend on a number of factors, including how many convictions you have on your record, how high your BAC was at the time of your arrest, and if any property damage or car accident resulted from your driving. However, if you want to prevent your license from being revoked, you only have 10 days to schedule an administrative license hearing. You can reach out to my firm for more information on protecting your license.
I have just been arrested for DUI. Now what?
First, you need to make sure that you pay attention to how an officer has treated you. Did they violate your rights in any way? Did they provide fair treatment? Did they fumble through or mess up on chemical tests? Take mental notes and make them into physical ones as soon as possible. Also, avoid answering any questions from officers, as this will only strengthen their case against you. Call on a DUI lawyer right away to ensure your rights remain safeguarded from here on out. They can also help you craft a defense against your charges.
Can I plead my DUI charges down?
You can always get your lawyer to work with the prosecution to negotiate lesser charges or penalties, but this does not mean that an agreement will be made or that the prosecution will cooperate. Still, if a plea deal is made, you should remember that this means you will be pleading guilty. One great strategy is to try to plead your charges down to a wet reckless if it is your first offense. This charge is not considered a DUI offense and will carry lesser penalties and repercussions.
How long will a DUI conviction stay on my record?
Unfortunately, your DUI offense will remain on your record permanently in Tennessee. This is why it is so crucial to fight your charges beforehand with the help of a seasoned defense lawyer. Having a DUI conviction on your record can result in difficulties obtaining a job, cause car insurance complications, and other issues. However, there is only a 10 year lookback in regards to the charge being on your record in criminal matters. That means if you were charged with DUI in 2002 and were recently arrested for drunk driving again, the previous offense won’t be counted against you.
Will a DUI charge from another state be counted against me?
Yes. Out of state drunk driving charges will still show up on your record, as almost all states immediately share this information. That means if you are arrested for a second or subsequent DUI offense within the 10 year lookback period, you could face increased penalties and consequences.
Should I hire a lawyer for my case if it is my first offense?
Whether you are facing your first DUI offense or your fifth, it is crucial that you have a Nashville DUI attorney by your side throughout the entire process. Just because you have a formerly clean record and good standing with the law does not mean the prosecution or judge will take your DUI charges lightly. You need to be prepared to fight your case to clear your name and pursue the best possible outcome. Without a legal advocate, you could lose out on negotiations and defense strategies that may benefit your case. The bottom line is having legal representation on your side is worth it to protect your future.
Still have questions about your DUI case? Want more insight on the proceedings you could be facing? Contact my firm today to set up an initial consultation!