If you have been charged with DUI, you face many different potential penalties including jail time and fines. Even if you avoid time in jail, you may not be able to avoid consequences related to your driving privileges. An experienced criminal defense attorney will be able to negotiate your case properly so that you do not face harsher consequences than you should, particularly in regards to your driver’s license.

At minimum, you may find your driver’s license suspended for nine months. If this is your first offense, your criminal defense attorney may be able to protect your driving privileges. After a second charge of DUI, however, you run the risk of having your license suspended for as long as one year. Subsequent charges can increase your suspension to two years. If the court feels that you are a danger to yourself or to other drivers, you may even find your license revoked permanently.

Hand in hand with your ability to drive are the additional monetary penalties you may face. Aside from fines the state may assess, your insurance company will increase your insurance premiums or charge additional fees above your premium rates. Each point against your license is an indication to your insurance company that you pose a risk to them, and they will raise your rates to mitigate their own risks.

Often, the consequences of driving after drinking are something that people do not want to think about. Unfortunately, if you find yourself charged with a DUI, you absolutely must consider the consequences that you face. Contact a criminal defense attorney who understands the DUI laws and how they can impact your driver’s license and your future ability to drive legally.