DUI, which means driving under the influence, is the crime of operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or other drugs including those prescribed by a doctor. A person can be arrested for DUI when a breath test, blood test, or urine test registers a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher. DUI is considered a Class B misdemeanor and has serious consequences, which include jail time, huge fines and losing a driver’s license for a minimum of 90 days. Depending on the severity of the crime, one may also end up with a criminal record, and this could result in serious implications for one’s future employment prospects. If charged with DUI, it is imperative to hire competent DUI lawyers in Vermont.
Proficient DUI lawyers have a profound knowledge of the state and federal DUI laws. They can help the convicted individual fight for their rights the easy way. It is essential to note that DUI cases can be quite complicated since they rely on medical and technical evidence obtained at the time of the arrest. This evidence has to be examined and understood to prepare a defense that can interpret the results in another way. An experienced DUI attorney can help the convicted person to review the case and establish the best way forward.
If it is the first time the convicted individual is arrested for DUI, they may pay a fine and have their driver’s license confiscated for a specified period. However, if there are previous convictions, then the penalties will be harsher and consequences more severe. In such a case, the convicted person may have their driver’s license confiscated at the time of their arrest, and may have to reapply for it after they are acquitted. A proficient DUI lawyer can offer dependable advice on how to handle the situation professionally. To get the driver’s license back, the convicted person will need to obtain an SR22 form from their insurance carrier and submit it to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). A qualified DUI lawyer will guide their client through this process, and ensure it is completed within the shortest amount of time possible.
These are just some of the major ways proficient DUI lawyers in Vermont will fight for the rights of their clients. For more information about the roles of qualified DUI attorneys, and how to hire one, please contact Jason J. Sawyer, Attorney & Counselor at Law.