WHAT SHOULD YOU DO AFTER YOUR ARREST FOR YOUR FIRST DUI?
Most people who have been arrested for their first DUI have never been in trouble with the law before. A DUI is not a simple traffic ticket that can be handled in one court appearance. It is a complicated area of the law with serious consequences. In Kansas, you could face jail time, steep fines, license suspensions, and strict terms of probation or diversion.
WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES FOR A FIRST DUI?
A first DUI is classified as a "B" misdemeanor. It carries a minimum sentence of 48 consecutive hours in jail and up to six months in jail. The fine ranges from $750 to $1,000. In addition to the statutory fines, you could also have to pay court costs and fees, probation monitoring fees, drug and alcohol evaluation fees, urinalysis testing, and for drunk driving classes.
YOU ONLY HAVE 14 DAYS TO ACT
Your license will be automatically suspended unless you request an administrative hearing within 14 days of your arrest. Failure to meet the requirements will result in an automatic suspension.
WHAT ARE THE LICENSE CONSEQUENCES OF A FIRST DUI?
Your ability to drive after a DUI arrest depends on whether you refused testing or, if you took blood or breath alcohol tests, what the results were. For a first DUI arrest where testing was refused, driving privileges will be suspended for one year, followed by two years of driving with an ignition interlock device. If your BAC was higher than .08 but less than .15, your driving privileges will be suspended for 30 days, followed by 180 days or one year of driving with an ignition interlock device. If your BAC was higher than .15, your driver's license will be suspended for one year, followed by one year of driving with an ignition interlock device. In some cases, the year of suspension may be shortened to 45 days based on a test failure or 90 days based on a test refusal.
CONTACT A KANSAS DUI LAWYER
Many attorneys try to spread their practice areas beyond criminal defense. Stolte Law, LLC focuses solely on defense of criminal charges in Kansas. That representation extends from municipal courts to the highest court in Kansas, the Kansas Supreme Court. With this dedication to Kansas criminal defense, Stolte Law, LLC will work tirelessly to achieve the best outcome possible in your case.