Do Not Let a DUI Ruin Your Summer Vacation

You do not have to do much but step outside to know that summer is in full swing. The laughter of children on summer break can be heard in every neighborhood and the skyrocketing temperatures make winter feel like a distant memory. One can even tell it is summer just by looking at the roadways which are made much busier with summer travelers. No matter if your summer vacation plans lead you to a lake cottage on the other side of the state, or to a friend’s barbecue in a neighboring town, it is important to travel smart. It is okay to relax and even let your hair down on vacation, as long as your idea of fun does not include driving while intoxicated. Nothing can put the brakes on vacation like being arrested for DUI. The following are just a few ways a DUI can ruin more than just your summer vacation:

  • A weekend behind bars: While your vacation plans might include a trip to a ‘watering hole’ or bar, most people do not want to spend a night behind bars. However, if you are arrested for DUI on Friday evening or at any time on the weekend, the reality is that depending on what county you are arrested in, you could spend the remaining portion of the weekend in jail. At the very least, you may have to stay in jail until a friend or family member can bail you out.
  • No wheels for a while: If you receive a DUI while on vacation, consider that this trip may be your last time driving for a little while. In Kansas, if a driver fails a breath test with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) between .08% and .15% he or she will receive a mandatory 30-day driver’s license suspension. If the driver has a BAC at or above .15 % he or she can expect to have his or her license suspended for one year. In each case the suspension will be followed by a period of restricted driving.
  • Budget busting fines: A first time DUI can include a fine of up to $1,000 plus court costs. This is in addition to attorney’s fees, the cost of having an Ignition Interlock Device installed in your car, and paying for an alcohol and drug treatment program. In addition to any sentence ordered by the court, it is also likely that your car insurance rates will increase significantly, which could end up costing you hundreds if not thousands of dollars over the course of a few years.
  • Consequences that will last longer than any hangover: If you think a hangover can put a damper on your day—the consequences of a DUI can wreak havoc on your life for months and even years to come. The sentence for a first-time DUI can include up to 6 months in jail or 100 hours of community service. Not to mention, that if the DUI is your first encounter with the criminal justice system, you now will also have a criminal record.

If you were charged with a DUI while on vacation this summer, the first thing you need to do is to make an appointment to speak with an experienced Kansas DUI Defense Attorney. Only a qualified Kansas DUI Defense Attorney can provide you with the aggressive representation you need to protect your rights. For almost four decades, Attorney Charles Whitman has provided clients with top-notch DUI representation. Do not trust your case to just any attorney. Contact the Whitman Law Offices today at (785) 843-9460 to schedule your free and completely confidential consultation.

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