Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
- What can I do now?
Whether you have been arrested for a first DUI, or repeat DUI, time is of the essence. The state will automatically revoke your driving privilege if you do not act within the time frame stated in your paperwork. You can contact the Jeff Jarrett Law Offices by phone (913.342.3279) or by email. If you do not act in a timely fashion, you will lose your right to challenge your breathalyzer refusal (or failure) and you may automatically lose your driver’s license.
- How much time do I have to take care of the ticket?
Whether you have been charged with a 1st DUI or a repeat DUI, you must appear on the court date stated on the ticket. If you do not appear, a warrant for your arrest will be issued by the court, and your driving privilege may be suspended. If you failed or refused the breath test at teh time of your DUI or DWI arrest, you have a very short time period to request a hearing. If you do not request a hearing withing that time (a period of a few days), your driving privilege will be automatically suspended and you will not be able to challenge, or fight, that suspension. The time period to request a hearing on the refusal or failure of breathalyzer is stated on the document you received titled “Notice of Suspension.” It is very important that you contact an Attorney immediately after you are arrested so that you don’t lose your rights.
- Will it affect my driving privilege?
In Kansas, even a DUI first offense conviction will result in the suspension of your driver’s license. A repeat DUI conviction may result in an even longer suspension. Kansas offers a program called “Diversion” to many first-time DUI offenders, which will keep a 1st DUI conviction off your driving record. If you are convicted of a repeat DUI or DWI, your driving privilege may be suspended or restricted for years.
- Will it increase the cost of my automobile insurance?
All insurance companies are different, but in general, a DWI(driving while intoxicated), DUI(driving under the influence) or breathalyzer suspension will result in raised insurance rates or the cancellation of your automobile insurance. A repeat DUI or repeat DWI conviction will make it even more difficult to obtain affordable auto insurance.
- How can an attorney help me?
Regardless whether this is your first DUI or a repeat DUI, Jeff Jarrett can help you review police and breathalyzer reports, negotiate a plea, and comply with time deadlines. Jeff Jarrett will fight for you at trial if you choose to plead “not guilty”. If this is a first offense DUI and you choose to participate in the diversion program, Jeff Jarrett can help to walk you through that process and ensure that you get the best possible result.