Penalties for a DUI conviction consist of fines, community service, license suspension and time spent in jail. The degree or amount of punitive action depends upon the severity of the offense. Felony DUI, vehicular manslaughter or a DUI with injury will be punished more severely than a first time DUI. The penalties also increase with multiple DUI offenses and instances where a driver's blood alcohol concentration level is proved to be well beyond the .08% amount threshold.
However, it should be noted that these minimum incarceration periods are not the norm for sentencing. Much more harsh sentencing terms should be expected - unless special circumstances support a lesser sentence. Please note that the look-back period for determining prior DUI convictions is any conviction occurring on, or after, July 1, 2001.
A manslaughter charge brings much greater risk of lengthy imprisonment.
At the Neighbors Law Office, my goal is to obtain the best possible result for each case I take on. My focus is on DUI defense, not other areas of criminal law. This has allowed me to fully understand DUI laws as I work with them every day, aggressively protecting the rights of those accused of DUI offenses. The penalties you face for conviction can be harsh and life changing and it is vital to have a determined Overland Park DUI lawyer who is committed to tackling the legal issues you face.
The laws of our state also require the installation of an interlock ignition device in your vehicle, at your expense, once you have been found guilty of a DUI crime. This device tests a driver's BAC level and will not allow an intoxicated driver to operate his or her vehicle.
One of the areas that I work diligently at is to challenge driver's license suspension matters, as I know how important it is to be able to drive. In many cases, there are proven methods to prevent your license from being suspended or to work towards getting your driver's license restored as quickly as possible. This includes the, possible, modification of a suspension that resulted from a DUI stop that occurred prior to July 1, 2011, to the new law that, otherwise, only applies to DUI stops occurring AFTER July 1, 201 2. There can be distinct advantages to having KDR modify the suspension term - including the possibility of requesting ignition interlock restrictions in lieu of actual suspension time.