Drunk Driving DUI/DWI Lawyer In Delaware
Driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol is a misdemeanor crime that carries serious potential penalties, including jail time, license suspension and large fines. Whether it is your first DUI or you have a prior drunk driving conviction, your choice of attorney can be the critical factor in avoiding the worst outcomes.
Rahaim & Saints has significant experience in handling the investigation of DUI/DWI charges, including questioning police procedures and preparing defenses for trial. Our Wilmington law firm represents clients of New Castle County and throughout Delaware. Contact us immediately to learn how we can protect your rights.
The legal team at Rahaim & Saints understands how DUI charges and convictions can change lives. Often, someone who has made even one mistake can find their relationships, finances and even career threatened. In some cases, authorities use underhanded or illegal methods to level charges against motorists. Whether you have made a mistake or whether you’re wrongly accused due to a faulty sobriety test or breathalyzer test, you deserve legal support. In fact, it’s your right under the U.S. law.
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Protect Your License After A DUI
A DUI conviction can cause you to lose your license, and the effects can be far-reaching. A license suspension can mean extra fees for re-instatement of your license and usually additional transportation fees if you need to use taxis or other forms of transportation while you can’t drive. If you rely on your car to transport your family, you may find losing your license can have a profound impact on your ability to care for your loved ones.
From the date of your drunk driving arrest, you have 15 days to request a DMV hearing. Failure to request a hearing results in automatic suspension of your driver’s license. Rahaim & Saints will represent you in this separate administrative proceeding to preserve your license.
At Rahaim & Saints, our goal is to protect your independence and your ability to drive. If the evidence against you is inadequate or illegally obtained, we may be able to aggressively fight your DUI charges. In other cases, we may be able to seek the shortest possible suspension so you can start rebuilding your life.
First Offense DUI
If convicted at trial, a first DUI can result in jail time and license suspension. Some citizens qualify for Delaware’s First Offenders program in lieu of standing trial. If accepted into this program, your license will be suspended, but you will not serve jail time if you meet terms of probation, including an alcohol assessment and education program.
Second and Subsequent Offenses
- A conviction for a second DUI carries a mandatory jail sentence of 60 days. You will also face license revocation for at least 24 months, fines up to $2,300 and an ignition interlock on your vehicle once your license is reinstated.
- A third offense DUI conviction that occurs at any time during a drivers life is a felony with mandatory prison sentences.
Underage Drinking and Driving
Drivers under the age of 21 with any alcohol in their blood will lose their license for two months for a first offense, and for six to 12 months for a second juvenile DUI offense.
At Rahaim & Saints, we understand underage drinking and DUI are serious offenses, but we also believe people who make mistakes should be allowed to rebuild their lives and make better choices in the future. Unfortunately, a DUI accusation against a young person can have long-term consequences. A young person with a record may have a difficult time securing car insurance, getting to classes and building a strong future for themselves.
In some cases, young drivers are also deeply intimidated by police and inadvertently sign away their rights or don’t understand how to protect themselves legally after they are questioned. Let Rahaim & Saints be the strong voice of advocacy for you or your child.
Protection Under the Law
At Rahaim & Saints, we believe in the U.S. Constitution, a document that ensures individuals who are charged have a chance to address the charges against them and get fair treatment in the justice system. The legal team at Rahaim & Saints has dedicated their lives to helping individuals who need legal support.
Veteran trial attorney Drew Rahaim has more than 30 years of criminal law experience, and he knows the local courts and the state laws. He can help you determine if you are eligible for the First Offenders program. He can also help you decide whether to negotiate a plea agreement or to take your case to a jury. He has helped many drivers challenge drinking and driving cases on the basis of traffic stops, field sobriety tests, Breathalyzer tests, dash-mounted videotape and other evidence that pointed to police errors or violations of clients’ rights.
Contact a Drunk Driving Defense Attorney
If you are arrested for a Delaware drunk driving charge, contact us for a free initial consultation. Call our Wilmington office (302-892-9200) or Newark office (302-832-1800). You may also contact Delaware DUI Defense Lawyer Andrew Rahaim now.
We are proud to serve the entire Delaware community from our offices. We help clients in Middletown, New Castle, Bear, Newark, Dover, Glasgow, Lewes, Bethany Beach, Wilmington, Milton and thr surrounding areas.