If you have been arrested for DUI, it is important that you take immediate steps to protect your future and your driving privileges. At Busch, Reed, Jones & Leeper, P.C., our Marietta criminal defense lawyers have extensive experience representing individuals accused of DUI. We work with clients just like you to help minimize the penalties associated with DUI charges, including large fines, time in jail, suspension or revocation of your license, and Ignition Interlock Device installation in your vehicle. If you are like most people, these penalties could make it extremely difficult to carry on with normal activities like running errands, taking your children to and from school, getting to work, and more. Our firm stands ready to help protect your liberties.
When you are arrested for DUI, you could face the suspension of your driver's license before trial even begins. That is why you need a lawyer to pay attention to both processes: the criminal DUI trial and the administrative license suspension process associated with revoking your driving privileges. Losing your driver's license could have a devastating impact on your life, specifically your ability to maintain employment. It is essential to act quickly to protect your license. At Busch, Reed, Jones & Leeper, P.C., we move quickly to file the paperwork necessary to request the hearing necessary to fight for your ability to drive legally.
Following your DUI arrest, you should be given a copy of the Department of Driver Services (DDS) Form 1205 by the arresting officer – they will also file a copy of this document with the DDS. This document contains information about your blood alcohol content (BAC) results if they are .08 or higher. This document will also indicate if you refused to submit to chemical testing at the time of the arrest via blood, breath, or other bodily substances.
After this form is filed, you only have 10 business days to request a hearing on the revocation of your driving privileges. This is an administrative process that is independent of the criminal charges you may be facing – this means that even if you are not convicted of a DUI, you may still lose your driving privileges. You must also be aware of the fact that DDS may suspend your driver’s license even if you refused to take a breathalyzer test. If you contact Busch, Reed, Jones & Leeper, P.C. early in your case, we can help protect both you and your driving privileges.
When law enforcement is gathering evidence and asking you to submit to multiple tests, you may feel that you have no choice but to submit. However, it is important that you understand your rights when it comes to both chemical testing and field sobriety testing. Most DUI cases rely on the evidence collected at the time of the arrest or shortly thereafter in order to reach a conviction. If the arresting police officer does not take all of the proper steps during your arrest, it allows us to challenge the accuracy and legality of the evidence.
For honest representation from an experienced Marietta DUI lawyer, call our law firm at (770) 629-0154 or contact us online to set up your free and confidential consultation.