Have you been arrested for DUI in Abington? If so, you need an experienced DUI lawyer from The Law Offices of Steven E. Kellis to protect your rights.
A DUI is a serious criminal offense, which can not only damage your reputation, but also restrict your ability to drive. Some of the penalties for a DUI include fines, mandatory alcohol-education classes, suspension or revocation of your driver’s license, probation, and possibly even jail time. If you’ve been charged with a DUI, don’t think you can handle it alone; you need a lawyer. It’s also important to hire an attorney as quickly as possible after you arrest. In as little as 10 days after your arrest, you may lose your ability to drive if you don’t take the necessary steps to protect your rights.
What Happens After Being Arrested For DUI
There are two important components to every DUI defense: the DMV hearing and the trial. Let’s take a look at what happens during each.
The DMV Hearing
After your arrest and release, the first step is to schedule a hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to appeal the suspension of your driver’s license. The slip you were given that grants you provisional driving privileges for 30 days also states that your license will be automatically suspended if you do not successfully appeal it with the DMV. You must schedule this hearing within 10 days after your arrest; otherwise you will automatically lose your driving privileges until your trial is over — regardless of the outcome.
When you request a hearing, you will be asked to provide information like: your name, your driver’s license number, the date of your suspension notice, and whether you refused to submit to a breath alcohol test.
DMV hearings can be overwhelming and complicated to try to handle on your own, which is why it’s so important to have legal representation. An experienced Abington DUI attorney will be familiar with the process and can help immensely. Something as simple as missing a deadline could cost you your license. A lawyer can also file a request for copies of all the evidence the DMV has against you before your hearing to make sure there aren’t any surprises.
The Trial (if Necessary)
Your actual court date is typically several months after your initial arrest. The actual date is set at your arraignment, which usually happens several days after your arrest.
At trial, the prosecutor will present all the evidence against you, including testimony from the arresting officer. An Abington DUI lawyer will raise all available defenses, and fight for the best outcome in your case. Some common defenses used in DUI cases include:
- Lack of probable cause
- Insufficient evidence
- Incorrect blood alcohol content reading
The actual defenses available to you depend on the facts and circumstances of your case. An experienced DUI attorney in Abington will be able to determine how to best handle your defense.
If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, don’t wait until it’s too late to hire an attorney. Contact The Law Offices of Steven E. Kellis today to schedule a free consultation. Call now: (267) 341-1365.