If I hold a valid driver's license and received an OUI in another state, what are the steps I should be taking to resolve this?
Question Details: Do I need to get a lawyer? It is my first offense for any traffic violation.
Because of all of the social and lobby groups bombarding state legislatures, offenses related to drinking and driving have increased, along with all of the potential consequences.
Because you are a first time offender, you will more than likely get a lighter sentence of some type of probation than an offender with a longer history. However, even for a first time offender, the consequences can be difficult for this type of offense. It can result in a DL suspension in your home state. It can result in an increase in your insurance rates. Some types of professions can be impacted by an intoxication offense. Because there are many potential consequences, at least consult with an attorney to go over all of your options and consequences. Things you want to review include:
- How strong is the case against you.
- Are there any options for lesser included offers in this jurisdiction.
- What are the consequences for your profession, if you enter a plea bargain or if you are found guilty.
- How long will your driver's license be suspended in either state.
Review your case with more than one attorney in the jurisdiction where your case is pending so that you get a feel for what to expect in the court that will be handling your case. You can probably arrange for a phone consultation since you are out of state. You will also want to visit with at least one criminal defense attorney in your state so that you can learn what the effect a conviction will have on your life in your home state. From there, you can make an informed decision, including whether you need to hire an attorney and how you would like to proceed with your case.