What happens after I am charged with a DUI?
New DUI law
In recent news, a new DUI law has been proposed by Wisconsin state. The DUI penalties will be increased so that first time offenders will be convicted of a crime versus a severe traffic ticket in the past.
According to the research, 75% of drunk drivers in this state are committing this act for the first time and do not have any prior offenses with operating vehicles while intoxicated. The DUI law will also permit sobriety checkpoints when needed, since most drunk drivers are not caught the first time it happens.
Offenders will also not be permitted to drive with over a 0.02 alcohol level for two years.
Drunk drivers will also have to pay a hefty fine and the county will collect from inmates for the cost it takes to hold them there.
Serving a minimum jail time
Consequently, first time offenders may also be subject to serving a minimum jail time sentence. This DUI law may also set aside a drunk driver fund that collects money to be integrated into OWI penalties that will be able to pay for attorneys, courts and public defenders.
Lastly, if a drunk driver is released to a responsible party that responsible party could be charged with a Class C misdemeanor if the convicted driver gets another DUI related offense within 12 hours of his or her release. A DUI is a serious crime and should not be taken lightly. These kinds of convictions can ruin your record and chance to provide for yourself or family. Talk to an experienced DUI attorney today and find out how you can overcome this DUI battle.
Missed court dates
What can you do if you missed my court date for a DUI and there is a warrant?
Retain a local attorney who can get the case on the court calendar, possibly have the warrants recalled, though a bit more problematic with a failure to appear. The attorney may be able to complete or continue the arraignment. If you go to the police station there is a strong chance you will be arrested and remain in custody until your taken in front of a Judge, however there is a chance you may be issued a promise to appear. It would be best to have an attorney appear on your behalf, and get these warrants recalled if possible.
This answer pertains to individuals in the state of California.
Kenneth M. Hallum
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Phone: (805) 564-3101