North Dakota DUI & DWI Defense
Protecting Your License, Finances and Future
If you have been charged with a DUI in North Dakota, talking to a defense lawyer as soon as possible is very likely in your best interest. DUI is a straightforward crime in terms of guilt or innocence; if you were in control of the vehicle and were over the legal limit, a full dismissal or “not-guilty” verdict is somewhat rare. However, that does not mean that you should completely throw yourself at the mercy of the court and a DUI. Hiring a defense lawyer can ensure that you get through the process with the best possible result and get back to your day to day life as soon as possible.
Penalties for a DUI in North Dakota
After a DUI arrest, you have two individual sets of penalties to deal with:
- The criminal penalties administered by the county where you were arrested for the crime of DUI
- The administrative penalties administered by the dept of motor vehicles, which deals with the suspension of your driver’s license
To resolve your North Dakota DUI charge with the best possible result, you will need to work through both the criminal courts and the department of motor vehicles. There are multiple deadlines and potential pitfalls in the process. For help avoiding those pitfalls, rely on the experience and guidance of a lawyer who has been through the process.
There are two variables that affect the severity of the punishment of a DUI charge in North Dakota;
- Whether or not you have any previous DUI charges
- Whether or not you were over twice the legal limit (.16%, where as the legal limit is .08%)
If this is your first DUI charge, and you were NOT over twice the legal limit, you should be able to qualify for a work permit that does not require the 24/7 testing program. While the testing does allow someone convicted of a DUI to continue using their car for work, it is both inconvenient and expensive.
Free Consultation For Drivers Arrested for DUI in North Dakota
There are several variables that can play a big role in how your DUI charge will play out. That is why I provide a free initial consultation, either over the phone or in my office so that I can help you understand how North Dakota DUI law applies to your situation and your options for moving forward. I will also explain the cost to hire a DUI defense lawyer and what you can expect in terms of process and timeline. DUI charges don’t just go away on their own, call me today so that we can develop an effective strategy to minimize the effect your DUI has on your day to day life.