Even when it’s almost certain that a person will be convicted of driving under the influence, having a drunk driving defense attorney provide legal representation can be of benefit. The individual will still have to pay a steep fine and may be required to spend a short stint in jail, but harsher consequences may be prevented.
The lawyer can help this person maintain driving privileges, although those privileges may be limited to a certain extent. In Kansas, the driver’s license suspension connected with this offense is distinct from the criminal charge of DUI. To prevent suspension, the person must submit a written request for a hearing. A drunk driving defense attorney can handle this for the client and make sure it’s completed properly. The lawyer also can represent the client at this hearing.
Even without applying for a hearing, the individual can continue to legally drive with the 30-day temporary license automatically issued by law enforcement. Legal driving privileges continue if the request for a hearing is granted. Depending on how busy the courts are, the hearing may not be scheduled for several weeks or even several months. Everyone hates having to pay a hefty fine for DUI and being ordered to spend even one night in jail. The financial consequences can be long-lasting since a DUI conviction results in a steep hike in automotive insurance. Nevertheless, not being able to drive due to license suspension is often seen as the worst punishment in these cases.
After the hearing, the judge may or may not decide to suspend the person’s license. If a suspension is imposed, the individual can apply for a restricted license with the assistance of a law firm such as Addair Thurston, Chtd. The restricted license doesn’t allow the person to drive anywhere they want to at any time of day, but it will allow the individual to drive to work and back home. This person also will be able to drive to school if classes are being taken, and may be allowed to transport their children to school if any other method would be a hardship.