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How to approach a first offense DUI charge

Driving under the influence is dangerous, regardless of how much you have had to drink or where you are located.

While some people already have a DUI conviction on their record, others find themselves dealing with a criminal charge for the first time. Without targeted knowledge of the law, it can be a challenge to decide what to do next.

A first offense DUI charge can lead to serious punishment, often enough to alter your life forever. Depending on your blood alcohol content (BAC) level, a conviction could lead to:

  • A large fine, often reaching well into the thousands of dollars
  • A car insurance premium rate hike
  • Driver's license suspension
  • Other penalties, such as a prison term or the required use of an ignition interlock device

Early on in your case, there is no way of knowing what will happen as the process moves forward. For this reason, you need to carefully consider your legal rights and how to proceed in regards to your defense strategy.

At our law firm, we know that a first offense DUI charge can be extremely scary. You don't know what's going to happen, so you immediately begin to believe the worst. It's our job to step in, provide guidance and help you through this difficult time of your life.

A first offense DUI charge is not as serious as a second, third or subsequent offense, but that doesn't mean it can't change the way you live your life. If you find yourself dealing with this charge, don't hesitate to learn more about the defense strategy that can help you avoid serious trouble.

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