A person who has been arrested and charged with a DUI is facing a serious charge that can have a profound impact on the rest of their life. Even if the charges are dismissed, they still must pay fines to be able to drive again and to get their vehicle back. If they are convicted, they will have further fines and penalties to deal with. This means it’s imperative they contact a Drunk Driving Law Attorney in St. Peters MO as soon as possible after their arrest.
Fines With or Without a Conviction on their Record
The person will automatically lose their license for a period of time if they are arrested regardless of whether they’re convicted. They will need to pay a fine to get their license back again. They will also need to pay to get their vehicle from the impound lot if it was impounded because of their arrest. In some cases, they will have further fines that need to be paid to have their license again if they refused to submit to the BAC (blood alcohol content) test before their arrest.
Additional Fines if the Person is Convicted
If the person is convicted, they will need to pay the above fines and they will likely receive a further fine that needs to be paid as part of their sentencing. In some cases, they may be required to take a drunk driving course as part of their sentence, which they will need to pay for. If they do not complete it and need to retake it, they will need to pay for it each time until they complete it.
How a Lawyer Can Help
A person who hires a lawyer has a better chance of avoiding a conviction, which means avoiding quite a bit of the money they might owe. If they aren’t convicted, they will not be sentenced and will not receive that additional fine. The lawyer may be able to help them minimize other fines as well, depending on their situation.
If you’ve been arrested and charged with a DUI, you need to contact a Drunk Driving Law Attorney in St. Peters MO so they can work to minimize the financial and other impacts this will have on your life. Contact Niedner Law today to get the help you need or to speak with a lawyer about your options.