It is important to understand the scope of issues involving being prosecuted on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. A DUI arrest begins a systematic process by the Department of Motor Vehicles to suspend your driving privileges, even if this is your first offense.
Although both the court and the DMV procedures seek to sanction a driver for the unlawful use of a motor vehicle after the consumption of an illegal level of alcohol or drugs, they go about it in very different ways. Each entity follows different guidelines, and separate issues and procedures, and totally different consequences. The main thrust of the DMV is to determine whether or not the alleged DUI driver was stopped by the police with proper cause, and whether or not the driver had a blood alcohol level (BAC) of .08 or over. More severe and longer suspensions are doled out to drivers who refuse to submit to a chemical test, after being stopped on suspicion of driving under the influence.
The courts approach the issues above, but use different sanctions. A range of potential penalties including probation, fines, jail time, alcohol programs, community service, hospital/morgue programs, and mothers against drunk drivers meetings, as well as Alcoholics Anonymous attendance are some of the legislated penalties facing those convicted of DUI’s.
The attorneys at Hoffman and Associates are tough courtroom advocates, but take the time to explain to each of its clients the challenges one faces after being arrested for a drunk driving case. So much of the fear and anxiety of the unknown is traded for an awareness of the value of being protected by a skilled DUI attorney.
Our sole goal and responsibility is to minimize or eliminate the potential hardship and consequences of a DUI arrest. Our firm has advised thousands of clients in situations similar to yours feel better, by understanding all of your legal rights, defenses and most importantly their options.