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Driving Charges

Our office represents individuals charged with all varieties of traffic-related criminal offenses.  Our experience of over 20 years helps us to be aggressive in our representation and we will work to resolve the matter in a zealous and competent manner for you.  We are experienced in handling criminal Driving Offenses such as:

In most cases, driving offenses are more significant than initially meets the eye.  License suspension follows the more serious offenses and all offenses usually result in increased insurance premiums.

It is important to remember that there are different standards of proof required for the different offenses as well as the necessary evidence.  For a traffic infraction such as speeding, the state must prove by a “preponderance of the evidence,” a relatively low standard, while in a criminal citation such as Driving Under the Influence or Driving While License Suspended, the state has to prove by the standard of “beyond a reasonable doubt,” the highest degree of proof.

More information regarding Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs.

46.61.502 Driving under the influence
46.61.503 Driver under twenty-one consuming alcohol — Penalties.
46.61.504 Physical control of vehicle under the influence.
46.61.5054 Alcohol violators — Additional fee — Distribution.
46.61.5055 Alcohol violators — Penalty schedule.
46.61.5056 Alcohol violators — Information school — Evaluation and treatment.
46.61.50571 Alcohol violators — Mandatory appearances.
46.61.5058 Alcohol violators — Vehicle seizure and forfeiture.
46.61.506 Persons under influence of intoxicating liquor or drug — Evidence — Tests — Information concerning tests.
46.61.517 Refusal of test — Admissibility as evidence.
46.61.519 Alcoholic beverages — Drinking or open container in vehicle on highway — Exceptions.
46.61.5195 Disguising alcoholic beverage container.
46.61.520 Vehicular homicide — Penalty.
46.61.522 Vehicular assault — Penalty.
46.61.524 Vehicular homicide, assault — Evaluation, treatment of drug or alcohol problem.
46.61.5249 Negligent driving — First degree.
46.61.525 Negligent driving — Second degree.

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When contacting a law office for criminal representation, it is important to understand that the office needs three pieces of information almost immediately.

  • Your name so that we can check for any conflict of interest
  • The date of arrest and what you were charged with
  • Any pending court dates and in which court
  • Copy of all the paperwork you received from the arresting officer

From that information, the office can better serve you in the first moments of the call.

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103 East Holly Street, Suite 500
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