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Why Hire a DUI Lawyer?

Mar. 21st 2014

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If you have been charged with a DUI, you should start building a defense for yourself immediately.  However, you have many options when considering how to represent yourself in court.  You can hire a lawyer to help you, or you can represent yourself.  While people have been able to beat DUI cases on their own or with the help of a regular, courtroom lawyer, you best option is to hire a DUI lawyer to represent you.  DUI lawyers have a lot of experience with cases that are similar to yours, which means that hiring a DUI lawyer will give you the best chance of presenting yourself well in court and possibly getting a verdict of not guilty.

Hiring a DUI lawyer will help to take a lot of the strain of a DUI case off of your shoulders.  You will not have to worry about building a proper defense for yourself.  Instead, you can entrust that job to someone who has already been through many DUI cases, and knows how to build a good case.  A DUI lawyer has to stay up-to-date on the latest DUI laws and legislation to be passed.  A DUI lawyer can also cite previous DUI cases during your hearing, which can strengthen your case.

Because of their experience, DUI lawyers will be able to represent you confidently and appropriately.  DUI lawyers know what kind of questions to ask you about your DUI – how much you had been drinking that night, the way the cop addressed you, what the cop told you you had to do, etc.  Most importantly, DUI lawyers know tricks that the police might use in order to get you to submit to a BAC test or blood testThe correct procedure is something that you might not be aware of, and your DUI lawyer could be successful in getting the results of a BAC test you took thrown out of court.  This can only help your case.  The experience that DUI lawyers have with cases like yours will mean that you have a good chance of building a substantial case in court with the help of a such a lawyer.

Facing a DUI charge is no easy process.  You will probably feel guilty, frustrated, and most of all, confused.  While paying a lawyer might not seem like a good option, it really can take a lot of the stress off of you.  You can be sure that you are doing everything you can to win your DUI case and you can put your case in the hands of a professional.  DUI lawyers know exactly the right questions to ask and the right things to do to represent you in the best way possible.  Many law firms are also flexible with how and when you pay lawyer fees.  Discuss the fees involved with your DUI lawyer, as well as your payment options.  Many law firms, such as Ruane Attorneys, can also offer you a free consultation.  If you are interested in a free consultation with an attorney at Ruane Attorneys, click here.

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DUI Impact on Family

Dec. 6th 2013

Being charged with a DUI can have devastating affects.  You will have to deal with the financial repercussions as well as the penalties that the court deems appropriate for you.  Lawyer fees as well as fines can lead to difficult financial situations.  What’s more, you will face a license suspension that can make every day tasks difficult to complete.  All of this can put a strain on married life and your family.  It is important to have a clear, organized plan when dealing with a DUI.  This will help to reduce the damage, lower stress, and allow you to return to your normal life as quickly as possible.

While hiring a lawyer might seem like a poor decision, due to the costs involved, it could be the best thing for your case.  DUI lawyers are experienced in the field and have dealt with cases similar to yours.  If you find a reputable DUI law firm, you should meet with them and discuss your case.  Most law firms will offer a free consultation in which you can talk about your case and have any questions answered.  You and your spouse can attend this consultation in order to take some of the stress off of yourselves.  Having your questions answered and discussing a payment plan can help you to feel more confident in your case and reduce anxiety.  This will be positive for both you and your spouse.

DUIs oftentimes lead to embarrassment.  DUIs are public record, so anyone can look up your driving history and find out that you have been convicted of driving under the influence.  This can lead to embarrassing situations for not only you, but your entire family as well.  Friends, co-workers, and neighbors might ask about the DUI, putting your spouse and your children in a difficult position.  It is also possible for you to lose your job as a result of a DUI case.  If you do not handle the DUI properly and report it to your boss if you are required to, you could face losing your job.  This will be hard on your entire family, as it will put emotional and financial strain on everyone in your household.

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It is important to keep in mind that you are not the only one affected by a DUI charge or conviction.  If you have a family, they will undoubtedly be affected financially as well as emotionally by your DUI charge.  Luckily, there are ways to remove stress from you and your family in order to make the recovery process as easy as possible.  Hiring a DUI lawyer will not only help your chances of winning your case, but it will also take the stress off of you and your spouse, who will have much less work to do in order to prepare for trial.  Explaining to your family what happened and making a plan as to how you will deal with it is the best way to handle a DUI charge.  To talk with an experienced DUI lawyer now, contact Ruane Attorneys here.

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Effects of a California DUI Conviction for a Connecticut Licensed Driver

Jul. 1st 2013

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Sometimes Connecticut residents travel to other states, like California, for business or pleasure and have the unfortunate luck to be charged with a DUI.  If this happens to you, you should first find a qualified DUI lawyer in California, but you should also be aware of how Connecticut’s DMV will treat you upon your return.

If you have been convicted of a DUI in California, you would be convicted of violating California Vehicle Code Section 23152.

In California, the penalties for DUI can range depending on the number of prior DUI offenses you have.

First offense: This conviction will result in a jail sentence between 96 hours and 6 months, a fine of $390-$1,000, participation in an alcohol abuse education program, and participation in a drug/alcohol problem assessment program.

Second offense:  The penalties for a second offense include a jail sentence of 90 days to one year, a fine of $390-$5,000, participation in an alcohol abuse education program, and participation in a drug/alcohol problem assessment program.

Third offense:  This conviction will result in a jail sentence of 120 days to one year, a fine of $1,015-$5,000, participation in an alcohol abuse education program, and participation in a drug/alcohol problem assessment program.

Fourth/subsequent offense:  This offense is punishable by 16 months to 3 years in state prison or 180 days to one year in jail, a fine of $1,015-$5,000, participation in an alcohol abuse education program, and participation in a drug/alcohol problem assessment program.

If you are a Connecticut resident who has been charged with or convicted of DUI in California, you should be aware that there are repercussions on your Connecticut license in your home state in addition to any license impact in California as set forth above.

The Connecticut law on DUI requires the Connecticut DMV to suspend a driver’s license for 1 year with a first offense conviction, and it will be more if this is not your first offense.

The Connecticut suspension law is found in 14-227a(g) of the Connecticut General Statutes and reads:

(g) Penalties for operation while under the influence. Any person who violates any provision of subsection (a) of this section shall: (1) For conviction of a first violation, (A) be fined not less than five hundred dollars or more than one thousand dollars, and (B) be (i) imprisoned not more than six months, forty-eight consecutive hours of which may not be suspended or reduced in any manner, or (ii) imprisoned not more than six months, with the execution of such sentence of imprisonment suspended entirely and a period of probation imposed requiring as a condition of such probation that such person perform one hundred hours of community service, as defined in section 14-227e, and (C) have such person’s motor vehicle operator’s license or nonresident operating privilege suspended for one year; (2) for conviction of a second violation within ten years after a prior conviction for the same offense, (A) be fined not less than one thousand dollars or more than four thousand dollars, (B) be imprisoned not more than two years, one hundred twenty consecutive days of which may not be suspended or reduced in any manner, and sentenced to a period of probation requiring as a condition of such probation that such person perform one hundred hours of community service, as defined in section 14-227e, and (C) (i) if such person is under twenty-one years of age at the time of the offense, have such person’s motor vehicle operator’s license or nonresident operating privilege suspended for three years or until the date of such person’s twenty-first birthday, whichever is longer, and be prohibited for the two-year period following completion of such period of suspension from operating a motor vehicle unless such motor vehicle is equipped with a functioning, approved ignition interlock device, as defined in section 14-227j, or (ii) if such person is twenty-one years of age or older at the time of the offense, have such person’s motor vehicle operator’s license or nonresident operating privilege suspended for one year and be prohibited for the two-year period following completion of such period of suspension from operating a motor vehicle unless such motor vehicle is equipped with a functioning, approved ignition interlock device, as defined in section 14-227j; and (3) for conviction of a third and subsequent violation within ten years after a prior conviction for the same offense, (A) be fined not less than two thousand dollars or more than eight thousand dollars, (B) be imprisoned not more than three years, one year of which may not be suspended or reduced in any manner, and sentenced to a period of probation requiring as a condition of such probation that such person perform one hundred hours of community service, as defined in section 14-227e, and (C) have such person’s motor vehicle operator’s license or nonresident operating privilege permanently revoked upon such third offense. For purposes of the imposition of penalties for a second or third and subsequent offense pursuant to this subsection, a conviction under the provisions of subsection (a) of this section in effect on October 1, 1981, or as amended thereafter, a conviction under the provisions of either subdivision (1) or (2) of subsection (a) of this section, a conviction under the provisions of section 53a-56b or 53a-60d or a conviction in any other state of any offense the essential elements of which are determined by the court to be substantially the same as subdivision (1) or (2) of subsection (a) of this section or section 53a-56b or 53a-60d, shall constitute a prior conviction for the same offense.

The reason that Connecticut can impose a Connecticut suspension for an out of state conviction for DUI is that Connecticut law REQUIRES the DMV to impose a suspension if they are notified under the State driver’s license compact.

If your Connecticut license has additional DUI convictions on its history, you can be subjected to further suspension.

With all convictions for DUI, whether in state or out of state, the Connecticut DMV is requiring the installation of ignition interlock devices on all cars you register in order to have your privilege  for driving restored. You can read more about that program here. In addition, the Connecticut DMV can make you take a driver retraining course if you have a certain number of points previously assessed against your driver’s license. See Connecticut General Statutes 14-137a for information or you can learn more about it here.

Once the Connecticut DMV learns of an out of state conviction like the conviction from California, they will issue you a suspension notice for your Connecticut license.  You do have a right to fight the suspension.  The grounds for fighting the suspension are either you were NOT convicted of a DUI offense or you are not the person who was convicted.  Sometimes, it is a good idea to make the DMV obtain the records because if they cannot get the proper records to prove it was you, they will not be able to uphold your suspension.  This is a major reason why so many people choose to hire a Connecticut DUI DMV lawyer to fight for them.  Another reason why people hire a Connecticut lawyer is because they want to delay the suspension as it usually comes at the worst possible time.  Unfortunately, even if California only imposes a shorter suspension period, Connecticut’s minimum is 1 year, so no matter what, that is the bottom line for suspensions of a Connecticut license.

Connecticut has a DUI diversionary program, found at 54-56g of the statutes, but because your case originated in California you are not eligible to participate in that program.  You must have been arrested in Connecticut to take those classes.

One good thing to know is that Connecticut does not have a criminal refusal statute, so if you were convicted of refusing a test, and not of a DUI, the Connecticut DMV should not suspend your license.  You may be required to have a hearing just to show the DMV this evidence.

You should hire both a Connecticut DUI lawyer and a California DUI lawyer to help you fight your DUI.  For your Connecticut defense, consider contacting Attorney Jay Ruane, one of the best DUI defense lawyers in the State.  Attorney Ruane also recommends Attorneys Vincent Tucci and Jeremy Brehmer for your California defense.

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Tampa Area DUI Attorney

Apr. 27th 2010

One  of the biggest concerns for people searching the internet for a DUI lawyer is to find a lawyer who can serve them in their particular area.  I will be posting links every week to a new section of the blog called “DUI Lawyers of America” which will give practice information about other qualified attorneys throughout the US.

Tampa DUI Defense Attorneys Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A.

Since 1971, the law offices of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett have been fighting for the injured and defending the accused in the areas of personal injury, workers’ compensation, social security disability, criminal defense, and DUI defense, in Clearwater, Tampa, Bradenton, New Port Richey, and Spring Hill, Florida.

Their website is: www.carlsonmeissner.com

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