Desoto County DUI Lawyer
Public perception categorizes people charged with drunk driving as criminals, even before they have been convicted of any crime. Being arrested for drunk driving, driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) can be a stressful experience. Penalties for this offense may include suspension or loss of license, significantly increased insurance rates, jail or prison time, lengthy probation, serious fines and a permanent criminal record. Also, many companies, especially those with government contracts, will not or cannot employ persons with DUI convictions. Termination of employment is a common consequence of a DUI conviction. Furthermore, law enforcement may seize your property as a result of a DUI arrest through a procedure called forfeiture. You have a very limited time to contest the forfeiture, after which time you will lose your property forever.
An experienced criminal and DUI/DWI defense lawyer can make a great difference in the outcome of your case. At the Law Offices of James D. Franks in Hernando, Mississippi, we understand that one minor error in judgment may have life-long consequences. A drunk driving conviction in Mississippi may result in severe penalties and fines, and an automatic license suspension. If you have been charged with DUI, we can help ensure that you will be treated fairly and your rights will be protected.
Have You Been Arrested For Drunk Driving In Mississippi?
In Mississippi, if you are stopped for drunk driving and you refuse the alcohol breath test, you face an automatic suspension of your license, which can last up to one year. An appeal from a suspension must be started right away since you only have a very limited period of time to file. We have extensive experience challenging DUI-related license suspensions for breath-testing refusal, and we can assist you if your license has been suspended. We also regularly represent commercial drivers who are facing drunk driving charges and suspension or revocation of their CDL.
If you do participate in alcohol breath testing and you fail the test, your license will be suspended unless successfully defended after 30 days. However, you may be eligible for a driver’s license extension, which will allow you to continue to drive until your trial date.
If you are charged with a DUI in Mississippi, the Department of Public Safety will mail a letter to the address on your driver’s license. Be sure to keep both the letter and the envelope it came in, and provide them to your attorney immediately.
Contact Us · Southaven Drunk Driving Lawyer
If you are facing drunk driving charges in Mississippi, we are here to help you mount a strong defense. Contact us online or by telephone at 662-298-4296 or toll free at 800-219-0753 to arrange a consultation with a knowledgeable DeSoto County DUI attorney.