Traffic Law DUI/DWI Newsletters
The first suspension in most drunk driving cases is the Administrative License Suspension (ALS). The ALS takes place immediately upon refusal to submit to the driving under the influence (DUI) tests, or upon testing over the state limit (usually .08) for breath.
A defendant who has been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) does not necessarily have a right to a jury trial. Whether a defendant has the right to a jury trial will depend upon the state.
A charge of driving with a suspended or revoked driver's license is a serious charge. It is against the law to drive when your driver's license is suspended or revoked. It is also against the law to drive if you do not have a license and your right to apply for one has been suspended or revoked.
There are certain factors which will trigger additional punishment in a drunk driving case. The factors generally considered include: (1) child endangerment, i.e. a child is in the car while driving under the influence of alcohol; (2) speeding above certain levels (20-30 mph over the limit) while driving under the influence of alcohol; (3) having a blood alcohol concentration or breath alcohol test of .15 percent or greater while driving; (4) refusing to submit to a chemical test of blood, breath, or urine when suspected of driving under the influence; (5) an accident, property damage, or injury arising out of driving under the influence; and, (6) prior convictions for a related drunk driving offense.
While a speeding conviction is generally not considered a serious offense, it may have serious implications. If the speed is considered "excessive," (e.g. 30 to 60 miles over the posted speed limit), the conviction will include a fine, imprisonment, and possible suspension of a driver's license. Other criminal actions related to speeding may include "reckless driving" and "racing." Moving violations are either traffic infractions or criminal misdemeanors, and they may necessitate a court appearance.