Mississippi DUI Lawyer
About DUI Charges in Mississippi
Mississippi DUI law makes it illegal to operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, or while having a blood alcohol level of .08% or more. For persons under the age of 21, having a blood alcohol level of .02% or more while driving will be in violation of Mississippi drinking and driving laws. For those driving commercial vehicles, the legal limit is .04%. If you are arrested for DUI, you are facing two separate cases, a court case for the criminal charges and an administrative Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) case. Both bring unwanted results if not handled properly by an experienced Mississippi DUI attorney.
When you are arrested for drunk driving (DUI) in Mississippi, you will automatically trigger an administrative license revocation, thereby suspending your right to drive unless you make a case before the Mississippi Department of Motor Vehicles to allow you to keep it. The criminal DUI case can result in fines, jail time and mandatory alcohol education programs if you are convicted.
Due to the complexity of DUI laws in our state, they can lead to harsh penalties and consequences; it is vital you consult and retain a qualified DUI lawyer to fight for your rights to keep your license. There are remedies that can be taken to possibly help keep you from losing your license, and win against your criminal DUI charges so you don't end up in jail, or facing a DUI on your record for years.
To learn more about the different charges of DUI and aspects to a DUI charge, please click on a link below:
Mississippi DUI Defense
A Mississippi DUI defense attorney can not only protect the rights of a person accused of drunken driving, but they can also help prevent a person's driver's license from being suspended and other serious ramifications associated with a DUI conviction. Click here to read more about Mississippi DUI defense.
Any person that is pulled over with a blood alcohol concentration at or above .08%, or .02% for minors, will be arrested for DUI. This is usually determined by an initial breath test at the scene of the arrest or by a chemical or breathalyzer test taken back at the police station. Click here to read more about DUI overview.
A person is accused of felony DUI under several circumstances, including causing serious bodily injury in a drunk driving accident and having subsequent DUI charges. If you have been charged with DUI, you will immediately need an attorney; you may be facing enhanced penalties. Click here to read more about felony DUI.
When a person is under the age of 21, it is against the law to purchase, steal and consume alcohol. Additionally, driving while under the influence of alcohol is prohibited. If an underage driver's BAC is at or above .02%, they will be arrested and charged with underage DUI. Click here to read more about charges of underage DUI.
Having subsequent DUI offenses on your record is not only damaging to your criminal record, but it can also have serious repercussions on your personal life, including the inability to drive legally. Furthermore, you may face job loss and financial devastation. Click here to read more about multiple DUI offenses.
First Offense DUI
After you have been arrested for your first DUI offense, you will need to speak to an attorney immediately. You will only have a short period of time before you are thrown into the criminal justice system and you will need to have aggressive defense on your side. Click here to read more about the first DUI offense.
Second Offense DUI
After you have already been convicted of one DUI charge, you understand the criminal process and how quickly a prosecutor will push to get you through the court system and convicted of the offense. This time, you will need an even tougher attorney to prevent enhanced penalties and other ramifications. Click here to read more about second offense DUI.
Expunging a drunk driving charge off of your record is difficult, but not impossible. With help from an attorney, you may be able to have your guilty or no contest plea dismissed by the court, therefore allowing you to legally say that you have not been convicted of this crime. Click here to read more about DUI expungements.
Blood and Breath Tests
All chemical tests and breath tests taken after a person is suspected of drunken driving must be done according to certain protocol. Even one small break in this method can prove to have detrimental consequences for the prosecution's side of the case, and can result in the evidence being suppressed. Click here to read more about blood and breath tests.
Field Sobriety Test
A field sobriety test is a method that an officer will use at the scene of a police stop to determine if a person is under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any other type of mind altering substance. Common test methods include the one leg stand test, walk and turn test and the horizontal gaze nystagmus test. Click here to read more about field sobriety tests.
If you have refused a breathalyzer test, you will want to talk to a DUI defense lawyer as soon as possible. Many prosecutors may take this as a sign of impairment or that you are trying to hide something, and it can have serious consequences, both legal and personal. Click here to read more about breathalyzer refusals.
Traffic tickets, including speeding, radar tickets, red light tickets and stop sign tickets, are all very serious in the matter that they can have consequences on your driving privileges if too many tickets are received within a certain period of time. Click here to continue reading more about traffic tickets.
Unlawful Police Stops
If you were stopped by a police officer without probable cause to believe that you were drinking and driving and received a DUI charge as a result, you should immediately talk to an attorney. You may be able to have the case dropped on grounds of an unlawful police stop. Click here to read more about unlawful police stops.
SR22 insurance is a type of auto insurance policy that is sometimes required for individuals who are considered to be "high risk" after they have been arrested and convicted of DUI. With this, an agreement between your insurer and the DMV is made saying that your license will be suspended if you fail to maintain insurance coverage. Click here to learn more about SR22 insurance.
The ignition interlock device is a common instrument used after a person has been convicted of DUI that prevents a person from starting the ignition of their vehicle if they are under the influence of alcohol. It is mandated by the court for a certain period of time and not required in all cases. Click here to read more about the ignition interlock device.
Legal Remedies for DUI in Mississippi
Anyone charged or arrested for DUI is likely upset and extremely worried of what will happen to them throughout their legal process. When you retain the help of Miller & Miller Attorneys at Law, PLLC, you can rest assured that you have hired a knowledgeable and caring attorney who will work hard to fight your charges and get you the best possible outcome. We have the experience and reputation in Mississippi to provide you the legal representation you need at this trying time. Time is of the essence when it comes to handling your DUI, so call us today for your free consultation. Our attorneys are available to serve you in South Mississippi and the Gulf Coast. Contact a Mississippi DUI attorney from Miller & Miller Attorneys at Law, PLLC to discuss how to handle your DUI case.