Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
Driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is a serious criminal charge which can result in loss of your driver's license, fines, substance abuse counseling, community service, and even imprisonment.
This offense may be prosecuted with or without any direct evidence of a person's Blood Alcohol Content (BAC). The determining factor is whether a person's ability to drive has been impaired.
It is important to understand that there are two parts to most DUI cases. Even if you are found not guilty in a criminal case, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) can impose the following license suspensions—and in some situations greater suspension, for a first-time offender:
- Refusal to submit to a blood, breath or urine test results in a 6 Month Suspension
- A BAC test result of .08 or higher; up to, but not including, .16 results in a 90 Day Suspension
- A BAC test result of .16 or higher results in a 120 Day Suspension
- If under 21 years of age, a test result of .02 BAC or higher results in a 6 Month Suspension
- Drivers 16 and 17 years old, a test result of .02 or higher results in a 1 Year Suspension
If you are a second-time offender or worse, the license suspension penalties increase significantly. It is for this reason that it is important to hire an attorney who can represent you for your criminal case as well as your DMV hearing.
When charged with a drug-related crime, it is important to hire an attorney. Just because you have been charged with a drug-related crime does not mean you are guilty. In this area of the law, it is often that the government abuses its power. The wrongful policy of some is: Accuse first and ask questions later.
Some common drug-related charges are as follows. If you have been charged with any of them, it is in your best interest to consult with an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options.
- Intent to Sell, Distribute or Deliver Drugs
- Possession of Marijuana
- Sale of Marijuana
- Possession of Cocaine
- Sale of Cocaine
- Possession of a Narcotic
- Sale of Narcotics
- Possession of Heroin
- Sale of Heroin
- Possession of Ecstasy
- Sale of Ecstasy
- Possession of Hallucinogens such as LSD or Mushrooms
- Sale of Hallucinogens such as LSD or Mushrooms
- Possession of Steroids
- Sale of Steroids
- Possession of Prescription Drugs
- Sale of Prescription Drugs
- Drug Cultivation & Manufacturing
- Drug Trafficking
- Methamphetamine Manufacturing (Crystal Meth)
- Operating a Drug Factory
- Medical Marijuana