Just about anyone would start to panic if they saw a police car with flashing lights behind them, signaling them to pull over. Having a police officer question you and accuse you of driving under the influence is scary, and seemingly benign situations can quickly escalate. If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, turn to a Gillette DUI attorney from Steven Titus & Associates, P.C. We are here to protect your rights and to help you avoid a conviction for DUI.
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A person can be charged with a DUI in Wyoming if he or she is found to have a blood alcohol concentration level of 0.08% or more, or if he or she is displaying signs of intoxication. The level of alcohol in the blood can be tested during a number of chemical sobriety tests. Under Wyoming’s implied consent laws, all drivers with licenses have “given consent” any time they get behind the wheel to take these tests. However, you do not have to take field sobriety tests, so politely refuse to take them.
In Wyoming, even those who are not driving but have control of the vehicle can be charged with driving under the influence. This often happens when someone realizes he’s had too much to drink and go to his car to sleep it off. The police claim he could wake up, still drunk, and potentially drive, which is why these offenses are treated as DUI.
There is a good chance that if this is your first DUI conviction, you will not be sentenced to jail time, or even have it added to your criminal record.
This is because Wyoming has a one-time program known as “probation before sentencing.” Those who have been convicted of a first-offense DUI will not be sentenced. Instead, the individual will be placed on probation for six months. During those six months, he or she will be required to participate in an alcohol treatment program. Once that program has been completed, the conviction will be removed from the offender’s record. You can take part in this program only one time.
Those arrested for a DUI in Wyoming have their licenses suspended automatically, usually at the time of arrest. License suspensions for first offenders are usually for 90 days. From the time you are arrested, you have only 20 days to schedule a hearing with WYDOT to challenge your license being suspended.
If losing your license could cause you to lose your job, you may be granted a hardship license. A hardship license allows an individual to keep his license, but these licenses are limited. For instance, you may only be allowed to drive to work.
There is a short timeframe for us to build a defense on your behalf, as well as to protect your right to drive. In addition to WYDOT penalties, if you are convicted of DUI, you will face a variety of criminal consequences. For these reasons, we highly recommend taking action immediately after your arrest.
In cases involving allegations of underage drinking or commercial drivers, there are additional consequences. If you are a commercial driver, you could lose your CDL for a year if you are convicted of a DUI. Our Gillette criminal defense lawyer can work hard on your behalf to avoid these consequences.
When you are facing charges for any type of DUI offense in Campbell County, you need to choose an attorney who has experience and skill in this field of law.
To make an appointment for a free initial consultation, call us now at (307) 257-7800.
Upon an arrest, a police officer will read your Miranda warning (commonly known as Miranda rights). Your Miranda rights include the right to remain silent to avoid self-incrimination and your right to legal counsel. If you have been arrested or investigated without being offered your Miranda rights, your statements may be deemed inadmissible in a court or criminal trial.
Though specific events can differ on a case-by-case basis, there are certain things that you can expect immediately following an arrest. If you are arrested, an officer may handcuff you and take you to Central Booking where you will go through initial processing. After, you will be processed for arraignment (essentially your first appearance before a judge).
DUI cases are different from most criminal cases because they involve two types of penalties: criminal and administrative. Even first-time offenders can face serious criminal consequences, including jail time, extensive fines, probation, and installation of Ignition Interlock Device (IID). Administrative penalties can include driver’s license suspension for up to a year.
Even if you think that the case against you is too incriminating, do not make the mistake of thinking that you do not have options available to you. Working with a criminal defense attorney who has trial experience and criminal law knowledge can only improve your chances of securing a reduction in charges, or in some cases, acquittal or complete dismissal.
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