Driving under the influence, or DUI, is perhaps the most common serious crime committed by ordinary people. By the time you are weighing your options following an arrest for DUI, you are wondering whether you will lose your driver's license, face jail time or be forced to pay increased insurance premiums. If you were arrested in or near Sturgis, Deadwood, Spearfish or Belle Fourche, you likely already had to spend the night in jail before bond was set. Those arrested for misdemeanor DUIs in Rapid City are typically released that evening.
Although we all know the dangers and illegality of drunk driving and drugged driving, DUI is a frequent mistake that ordinary, hard-working citizens commit. Good people can find themselves in trouble. Some cases are beatable if your blood alcohol content was lower than anticipated by the officer, if constitutional violations occurred, or if physical control issues exist for those found napping in their cars. With mandatory blood draws, chemical analysis and a seemingly endless list of legal reasons for officers to pull over motorists, many cases are not too hard for the prosecution to obtain your guilt. You need to know if you need a lawyer and what he or she can do for you.
Protecting Your License
For most Americans, driving is a way of life. Whether you are running errands, going to work, going to school or dropping the kids off at day care, you rely on your car to get you from place to place. When your driving privileges are threatened, it is time to work with a skilled criminal defense lawyer to protect your rights and shield you from license revocation.
Too many attorney advertisements focus on the images you would like to forget after an arrest — handcuffs, flashing lights or jail bars. You do not want to be reminded of this humiliating experience when you discuss your options with an attorney. A DUI conviction will affect your driver's license, job and auto insurance at a very high cost. Even if you are from another state, a South Dakota conviction will be reported to your home state for license revocation or suspension. The attorneys and staff at Kinney Law are known for getting their clients to present their case's best qualities to the judge, jury and prosecutor. Matt, Kim and their staff will listen to your concerns and provide you with options and choices to come out of your case with minimal damage.
Extensive Experience Fighting DUI Charges
Matt has handled over 3,000 DUI cases in South Dakota. If you need a Black Hills-area DUI defense attorney, do not hesitate to call to discuss your options. Even though a second-offense DUI is still considered a misdemeanor, it carries perhaps the harshest penalties possible for a misdemeanor crime. Individuals face a one-year loss of driver's license, typically a minimum 10-day jail sentence, fines and a 24/7 sobriety program that requires testing twice daily to verify sobriety. We will thoroughly research your charge and your driving history in order to develop an effective strategy for defense.
A third DUI within 10 years is charged as a felony. It is crucial that you avoid a felony conviction at all costs. The consequences of a felony conviction are long lasting and will likely impact all facets of your life. Matt was one of the first attorneys to represent clients who were successfully admitted and completed the local DUI Court program. Working with the right attorney is imperative.
The third offense will likely involve much more stringent penalties than a second offense, including prison or jail and multiple years of probation. Count on our firm to diligently work to find defenses such as a borderline blood alcohol content or illegal search and seizure. We will work with the prosecutor's office to negotiate a beneficial settlement. If a settlement cannot be reached, we are fully confident in our ability to defend you in court.
Contact The Firm To Talk To A Lawyer During A Free Consultation
If you have questions regarding DUI, contact Kinney Law, pc, for a free consultation at either our Spearfish or Rapid City, South Dakota, office. We can be reached by phone at 605-642-2147, email at email@example.com or by completing the online contact form on this site.