1st DUI in Kansas
What to Do After Your First DUI Arrest
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.
If the police have arrested you for driving under the influence and this is your first offense, get in touch with Stolte Law, LLC right away. Our Kansas 1st DUI lawyer can ensure the protection of your rights through every stage of the criminal process. Attorney Stolte has many years of experience and a proven record of success. Rely on Stolte Law, LLC to help you craft a strategic defense so that you can avoid the consequences of a conviction.
Kansas Law for a First Offense DUI
A first offense DUI is considered a Class B nonperson misdemeanor. If convicted, you will face the following penalties: Sentenced to no less than 48 consecutive hours but no more than six months' imprisonment or 100 hours of public service; and. A fine between $750 to $1,000.
Additional costs associated with a 1st DUI include:
- Court costs
- Probation monitoring fees
- Urinalysis testing
- Drug and alcohol evaluation fees
- Drunk driving classes
14 Days to Take Action After Your Arrest
Following your arrest for a 1st DUI in Kansas, you have a right to a hearing before your driving privileges are suspended. You must request an administrative hearing with the Department of Revenue within 14 days of the date of your arrest. Failure to meet the deadline will result in your driver’s license being automatically suspended. Since requesting a hearing is free, there’s no reason not to. Contact a qualified DUI defense attorney today to handle the entire process for you.
What Happens to a Driver’s License After a 1st 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.
The potential license consequences for a 1st DUI include:
- 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 1st DUI Lawyer
Many attorneys try to spread their practice areas beyond criminal defense. When you work with Stolte Law, LLC, you can have peace of mind knowing our sole focus in on defending against criminal charges. With this dedication to Kansas criminal defense, Stolte Law, LLC can be depended on to work tirelessly to achieve the best outcome possible in your case. Our experienced DUI defense lawyers know the Kansas DUI laws and can help guide you through the process to protect your interests.
Call (913) 270-0497 now to work with a skilled lawyer who is dedicated to protecting your rights.