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Dealing With An Out of State DUI

Imagine you are on a road trip to visit friends or family, out of state vacation or business trip across the country. Upon your arrival, you enjoy a happy hour and you think that you’re in good shape to drive home.  Before you know it, you see the red and blue lights behind you. Many thoughts are racing through your mind. Were you driving too slow? Did you forget to use your signals? Nonetheless, a police officer decides to pull you over. He suspects the smell of alcohol on your breath and notices the “glassy” look in your eyes. Fast forward and he arrests you for DUI (driving under the influence).

Being arrested and charged with DUI is a frightening experience, but now you’re having to deal with a DUI charge out of state. Now that you’re in unknown territory and away from your home state, you may wonder what to expect next.

What To Expect After An Arrest?

Generally, each state has a series of consequences as it relates to a person being charged with a DUI. The federal legal limit to drive in the United States is the same everywhere, a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08%. However, it’s important to note that some states have harsher penalties than others when it comes to driving under the influence. At the time that you decide to get behind the wheel after even one drink, you may not feel the effects of alcohol or other substances in your system. Everyone’s body and alcohol tolerance is different.

DUI convictions carry certain penalties depending on the factors, such as whether or not there was a breath, blood or urine test and if the results were over the legal limit. Your license might be at risk of suspension if your BAC (blood alcohol level) was over the legal limit and/or if you refused to take a breathalyzer test. Fines, jail time, prison time, the loss of your driver’s license and a permanent criminal record are some of the other common penalties for DUI offenses.

In Ohio, a first-time offender can lose their driver’s license for up to 3 years, pay fines of up to $1,075 and spend a minimum of three days in jail or a residential driver’s intervention program. Additionally, if you are convicted for a DUI, you will have a criminal record, which could impact your ability to travel, your current job or the ability to find a job in the future.

If you have been arrested for DUI, you will need the professional help from an experienced attorney who knows the laws of the state in which you were arrested and charged in.  Hiring a skillful attorney is one of the best things you can do to fight back, protect your rights and receive the best possible outcome for your case. If you find yourself away from your home state and arrested for a DUI in Ohio, contact Suhre & Associates.

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