Kansas DUI Overview
Do You Need a DUI Lawyer?
Every state has some sort of "drunk driving" statute. The term "drunk driving" is in quotes because none of these laws require that you be "drunk" or "intoxicated" to be guilty. All that is required is that your ability to operate a vehicle has been impaired to a degree which renders you incapable of safely operating your vehicle or that your Blood Alcohol Content exceeds the state limit (which is now .08% in Kansas). Some states call it DWI (Driving While Intoxicated), but it refers to the same offense. The consequences of DUI differ drastically from state to state and are influenced by your age, blood alcohol limit (BAC), whether you have been arrested for DUI in the past, and whether you caused injury or death during the DUI.
A DUI Lawyer can help...
Assess your legal situation
An experienced DUI Defense lawyer can help you understand what you are up against and the fines you may be required to pay. A DUI lawyer mostly deals with DUI matters and knows the process inside and out – including options that a public defender may not tell you.
Explain the consequences
The consequences of a DUI vary greatly from state to state and a DUI lawyer will be able to explain how those consequences in your state apply to you such as (1) possibly harsher punishments for those arrested with a very high BAC level, (2) harsher punshments for those driving with children in their vehicle, (3) possibility of house arrest instead of jail, (4) overlapping jurisdiction of courts and your state's motor vehicle licensing department to suspend or revoke your license, and (5) contingent license programs that allow you to use your vehicle to get to and from work.
Manage the process
Dealing with the motor vehicle department can be frustrating and time consuming. A DUI Lawyer can manage the process for you by completing the required forms; making phone calls; scheduling and/or representing you at a Motor Vehicle Department suspension hearing, and making other necessary arrangements.
Represent you in court
An experienced DUI Lawyer knows the ins and outs of the courtroom and may be able to obtain a lesser sentence for you if your situation and state law allows for it.
Don't know if a DUI Lawyer is right for you? Here are some general guidelines:
Definitely hire a DUI Lawyer if you already have one or more DUI's; or if your DUI arrest was the result of an accident or if anyone was injured; or if you are a professional driver whose livelihood depends on keeping your license.
Probably hire a dui lawyer even if this is your first offense as you may have very valid defenses to the DUI charge and the lawyer can help you understand your options, legal rights, the DUI laws, and the overall conswquences you face regarding criminal, civil, and administrative penalties. The DUI lawyer may be able to keep you from being convicted, keep you out of jail, and keep your driving privileges from being suspended and/or restriced. Call now for a free consultation.