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First-Time DUI Offense in Raleigh

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The majority of drunk driving cases our firm represents come from first-time offenders. Driving under the influence (DUI) is a criminal offense that commonly begins with a night out on the town, a few too many drinks, and a possible lapse of judgment. If you are arrested for DUI in Raleigh it may be your first official run-in with the law. You may be wondering what is going to happen next and how you can find a defense attorney to help fight your DUI arrest.

Rest assured, our firm is here to help. For 20 years, Hopper, Hopper & Mulligan, PLLC has been devoted to providing legal counsel to individuals in the Raleigh area. We are a relatively small firm with a reputation for delivering big results in criminal cases. We have developed countless ways to challenge a DUI arrest and help our clients avoid charges being filed. Upon your arrest, we advise you exercise your legal rights and trust us to provide you with the knowledgeable counsel and aggressive defense strategy you need!

Call (919) 694-4595 today for help from our caring Raleigh criminal defense attorneys!

Penalties for a First-Time DUI

The first penalty you will face after being arrested for DUI is the automatic suspension of your driving privileges. If you wish to plead your case so you can retain your driving privileges--which is something we strongly recommend you do--it will be necessary to first be granted a hearing with the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Our firm will be able to help you set up your hearing time and prepare a compelling case to improve your chances of having your privileges reinstated.

If DUI charges are filed against you, you will need a strong advocate fighting on your behalf. Penalties for this type of criminal case will vary depending on the specific circumstances of the case; they may include:

  • Jail time
  • Fines
  • Community service
  • Probation

You can also expect to have the legal limit for your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level dropped to 0.04% as compared to the statewide 0.08%, and you may be required to install an ignition interlock device (IID) on your vehicle. A DUI conviction will go on your permanent criminal record so it is important that you do everything you can to fight your first-time DUI arrest. Please call us today at 800-705-8950 to find out how we can help.

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