Do you need a DUI Attorney?
If you have been charged with a DUI, you need a DUI attorney to start working on your case today. The State of Mississippi prohibits the operation of a motor vehicle by a driver with a .08 percent or above blood alcohol concentration (BAC). If someone has been driving a motor vehicle in Mississippi and has a .08 BAC or above, there is no need to show that the driver's actions were impaired for a conviction. Mississippi has lower BAC limits for drivers under the age of 21 and commercial drivers. In addition to alcohol, the Mississippi law also covers driving while influenced by marijuana, meth, illegal use of prescription drugs and other controlled substances. If you have been charged with a DUI in Waveland, Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian, Long Beach, Gulfport, Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Gautier, Pascagoula, Moss Point or any county in Mississippi, call a criminal defense attorney today at (228) 872-8752.
Our Ocean Springs DUI lawyers represent clients throughout Mississippi for criminal defense of DUI charges. Our DWI attorneys handle a wide variety of criminal charges but DUI or DWI criminal defense remains our focus. To have any chance of beating a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charge, you need a trained, experienced and focused DUI lawyer on your side.
What does the Prosecutor have to prove to find me guilty of a DUI in Mississippi?
Penalties for a DUI Conviction in Mississippi
The nature and range of possible penalties for a Driving under the influence (DUI) conviction in Mississippi depend on:
What are the general penalties for a DUI in Mississippi?
Possible Other Effects of a DUI Conviction
• Negative effects on your credit rating
• Prevention from entering foreign countries including Canada
• Loss of a Mississippi commercial driver’s license (CDL)
• Increased car insurance costs
• Loss of your home (eviction from a rental property)
• Loss of ability to drive a company vehicle – and therefore often your job.
• Loss of pilot’s license
• Required to use a Mississippi DUI Ignition Interlock Device
• Having your vehicle impounded and towed
• You may be unable to rent a vehicle
• Court fees, legal bills, court-ordered alcohol classes, Mississippi DUI classes & licensing fees
• You will be completely prevented from obtaining certain jobs
• Delay or denial of green card application for citizenship
What can a DUI attorney do for me?
1. Trial. Only a licensed Mississippi attorney has the training and education to take your case to trial and win;
2. Discovery. A DUI attorney can request discovery from the state to defend your case. (i.e. get the evidence that the police, city or state have against you) This may include:
4. Negotiate. A DUI lawyer is licensed and trained to talk with the prosecutor, police officer and court to find the best resolution for your case.
5. Fight against the penalties, fines and other side effects of a DUI conviction. Look at the penalties and other possible effects of a DUI conviction on this page. Can you really just leave it all up to chance? A DUI conviction can affect you for the rest of your life. Hire a dui attorney today. 228-872-8752
What do I say when I am pulled over for a DUI?
FIRST RULE: Always be nice and respectful to the officer investigating his case. Whether you are eventually proven not guilty, guilty or reach a plea deal the officer may have to testify or the Judge and/or prosecutor may learn about how you acted during your questioning, arrest or detainment. Further, you should assume that you are being video taped at all times while being questioned, arrested or detained.
SECOND RULE: DO NOT ADMIT TO ANYTHING AND GO STRAIGHT TO RULE THREE! For example: If you are pulled over and asked how many drinks you have had, everyone says I had one or two drinks earlier. When you say this, the officer is trained to hear "YES I DRANK ALCOHOL TODAY" and this is enough information to arrest or detain you for further investigation.
THIRD RULE: YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT. Please use it. Tell the officer: "I respectfully invoke my right to remain silent and wish for my attorney to be present if I am being detained, arrested or questioned."
FOURTH RULE: YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO AN ATTORNEY. If you are arrested, detained and/or already charged with a crime, call a criminal defense attorney immediately at (228) 872-8752 so an experienced DUI lawyer can start working on your case today.