Frequently Asked Questions About DUI
The penalties for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs are severe. If you are stopped by police for suspicion of DUI, you need to know your rights to fight the charge effectively. An important first step is to retain the help of knowledgeable DUI attorney from the Law Offices of Mel Coxwell to secure your right.
What is the legal blood alcohol limit?
In Mississippi, the “per se” blood alcohol level is .08 percent. This means that whether or not you are really impaired at that BAC level, you are considered to be intoxicated and can be charged with driving under the influence. Minors under 21 are subject to a zero-tolerance policy where any level of alcohol detected will bring a DUI charge.
What happens if I refuse to take a breath test?
As part of your privilege to drive in Mississippi, you actually imply consent, which requires you to submit to a breath, urine or blood alcohol test when requested by an officer. If you refuse to submit to a properly requested breath test, you forfeit your license for 90 days.
How long will a conviction stay on my record?
A DUI conviction stays on your driving record for five years and on your criminal history (rap sheet) forever. A second offense that occurs within five years of a prior offense will increase your punishment and penalties.
What happens if I refuse to take a field sobriety test?
Field sobriety tests such as the walk and turn and one-legged stand are used by law enforcement to establish the probable cause to require you to take a breath test. Taking a field sobriety test is voluntary.
Why do I need an experienced DUI attorney?
It is important to find an attorney who is knowledgeable about Mississippi DUI laws to help mitigate the hassles of defending yourself. The officer who stopped you may not have had probable cause, the breathalyzer or blood test may not have been performed in accordance with the law, or something else may have occurred to negate the charge. These things can be brought to light by an experienced DUI attorney.
If you were arrested and charged with driving under the influence in central Mississippi, please contact the experienced DUI attorneys at the Law Offices of Mel Coxwell today to schedule an initial consultation. We will ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive a fair and equitable trial or settlement. Call 601-724-8723 or use the online contact form on this website to schedule a meeting.