Collateral Consequences of a DUI

Collateral Consequences of a DUI

With any drunk driving charge, individuals face not only criminal and administrative penalties, but also collateral consequences. What do we mean by this? If convicted of driving under the influence, an individual will face criminal penalties such as:

  • Possible jail time
  • Fines
  • Community restitution
  • Administrative license suspension

Aside from these consequences, there are also collateral consequences. Some of these collateral consequences are mandated by statute and others are simply consequences of a drunk driving conviction. Listed below are some common collateral consequences of DUI offenses.

Drug or alcohol counseling: Some criminal convictions for DUI require drug or alcohol counseling as part of the sentence. This can include a series of alcohol rehabilitation meetings or reporting for drug counseling for a certain number of days. The court will require the convicted person to show proof of successful completion of this counseling to complete the sentence, but these counseling sessions usually come at the defendant's sole expense.

Ignition interlock device (IID): The ignition interlock device (IID) is a possible penalty for anyone convicted of driving under the influence, although it is more commonly imposed by the court for those convicted of their second or subsequent DUI (or an aggravated/extreme DUI). The IID is a breath testing device that prevents a person from starting their vehicle if they have a measurable BAC. Convicted individuals typically have to pay for the device itself, monitoring, calibration and possibly a security deposit.

Increased insurance rates: After a DUI, or any serious traffic offense for that matter, your insurance rates can increase. Each insurance company deals with adjusting auto insurance rates after DUIs differently. For example, a first-time DUI that is reduced to reckless driving may not result in any insurance penalties while a second DUI conviction could warrant increased rates.

How We Help Our DUI Clients

At Knowles Law Firm, PLC, we understand how far-reaching the consequences of a DUI are, which is why our ultimate goal is to get your charges dismissed or reduced to a lower charge such as reckless driving. How do we do this? Attorney Anthony Knowles explains that he splits DUI cases into three separate sections: science, procedure and legal.

Knowles Law Firm can tackle DUI charges scientifically by challenging the breath test devices, the blood draw and other chemical methods used to secure evidence to support DUI charges. Knowles Law Firm can tackle DUI charges procedurally, by evaluating whether or not law enforcement followed proper procedures, lawfully stopped the vehicle, etc. Finally, Knowles Law Firm can tackle DUI charges with an extensive knowledge of Arizona driving under the influence law.

For a free and confidential evaluation of your case, contact a Phoenix DUI lawyer at Knowles Law Firm, PLC today!

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