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Many people assume that a driving under the influence (DUI) conviction will result in a minor criminal sentence; however, they fail to understand that a drunk-driving charge can have long-lasting implications that will affect everything from applying to a job to even traveling out of the country. While it may seem tempting to just plead guilty and serve the punishment, you owe it to yourself to speak with a qualified Salt Lake City DUI defense attorney who can explain your options—which may include getting your charges dismissed or reduced to a lesser offense.
Act Now to Save Your Driver's License
In Utah, you could automatically lose your driver's license after being charged with drunk driving unless you request a hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) within 10 days of your arrest. Missing this deadline means that you will forfeit your right to appeal and your license will be suspended for 120 days if this is your first offense (the suspension period is increased for each subsequent DUI).
Because this window is so small, contacting a DUI attorney right after your arrest ensures that there is enough time to prepare the hearing request and submit it before the deadline is up. Our attorneys can appeal the administrative license suspension on your behalf in an effort to save your driving privileges.
Consequences of a Drunk-Driving Conviction
Jail, community service, alcohol treatment, and fines are only some of the consequences of a DUI conviction. Individuals with a drunk-driving offense on their record can also experience difficulties in their personal life. Imagine the anxiety you will feel after going through a successful job interview and learning that you must undergo a criminal background check. To ensure that your future isn't put in jeopardy for a one-time mistake, you must fight your charges with the help of a qualified defense attorney.
Getting a DUI Reduced to Reckless Driving
Depending on the circumstances of your case, it may be possible to plead your DUI down to a reckless driving charge. In addition to receiving a lesser sentence (without jail time), you can avoid the stigma associated with drunk driving. This is not an option for everybody, so it's important to discuss it with your lawyer to see if you are eligible for a plea bargain.
Secure Your Legal Representation Today
When you're facing a charge as serious a DUI, it's important to work with attorneys who are committed to your defense. Each member of our team has undergone extensive training on the tests and evidence used in drunk-driving cases to help us prepare our clients' defense for trial.