More and more states are taking action when it comes to driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. While a DUI is often charged as a misdemeanor, certain offenses are classified as felonies. The penalties for offenses related to driving and substance abuse are harsh.
Michigan even has DUI laws for those under the age of 21. The state’s zero tolerance policy makes it a criminal offense for anyone not of legal drinking age to have any amount of alcohol in their body. Those accused of this crime may face a $250 fine, 360 hours of community service and a restricted driver’s license for 30 days. Four points will be added the person’s driving record and he or she will have to pay a driver responsibility fee of $500.
As you can see, a DUI conviction is no minor crime. Such an offense can affect you in many ways. If you are facing DUI charges, don’t delay. Count on the the Rankin criminal defense lawyers at Nickola Law to help.
Many of the consequences of a DUI are short term. There are criminal penalties, such as fines, jail time, community service and driver’s license restrictions. Once you fulfill those obligations, though, you’re not completely out of the woods. Even if you’re a first-time offender, your DUI conviction can affect you for many years.
One example is employment. If your job involves driving, you will likely be out of a job. Even if you have an office job, many companies do not look favorably on DUIs and similar offenses and you could still lose your job. Finding a new job can be even more difficult, since many employers perform background checks.
A DUI will also affect your car insurance. Your rates could double or even triple and stay that way for many years.
Given the many short-term and long-term consequences you will face with a DUI conviction, it’s important to seek legal help as soon as possible. The experienced Rankin criminal defense lawyers at Nickola Law are here to help.
A DUI conviction can affect your life in many ways. Even after you have paid your fines and served jail time, you could still face many consequences. A DUI can haunt you for many years, which is why you need a solid defense from an aggressive criminal defense lawyer.
If you are facing DUI charges, don’t try to handle your case on your own. Count on the Rankin criminal defense lawyers at Nickola Law to help you through this difficult time. We have more than four decades of experience helping those accused of alcohol-related crimes. We can help you reduce your penalties. Contact us at Nickola Law at (810) 767-5420 to schedule a free consultation.
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