Drunk driving charges can spell serious disruption for the lives of accused individuals. The potential penalties and consequences, even for a first-time DUI, can be serious. Individuals accused of driving under the influence must know how to respond.
In Kansas, a conviction for a first DUI requires that an individual serve time before any probation period can begin. Additionally, steep fines are possible as well as license suspension and the possible requirement that the accused individual install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle. The accused individual can also be left with a criminal record which may impact education and employment opportunities down the road.
It is important to keep in mind that there are criminal and administration consequences and penalties associated with a DUI charge and it is also important to be familiar with how to appeal the administrative consequences such as a driver's license suspension. Accused individuals should keep in mind that there are important time limits associated with the process and accused individuals need to be aware of what they are. Because laws can change, so it is important to be as up-to-date as possible concerning drunk driving laws, especially when accused of driving under the influence.
There are many ways to defend against DUI charges, including challenging breath, blood or other types of tests which was recently discussed on this blog. Drunk driving allegations and charges can alter an accused individual's life forever which is why it is essential to understand the defense options available to accused individuals.