Kansas DUI Attorneys Ask The Public to Resolve Not to Drink & Drive in 2014

No start to a New Year is complete without the time honored tradition of making a list of New Year’s resolutions. Even if you chose not to make a list this year, one thing every motorist should resolve to do in 2014, is to not drink and drive. Much like deciding to quit smoking, the benefits of not drinking and driving are clear. However, if you are in need of a reminder of why driving while under the influence of alcohol is a bad idea, the following list should prove as a helpful reminder:

  • DUI: Any time a motorist chooses to drink and drive, he or she runs the risk of being pulled over on the suspicion of drunk driving and charged with a DUI. Although many motorists understand that a DUI is not something they want—many are unaware of the extent to which a DUI can change their lives. First, a DUI charge will result in the loss of a person’s driver’s license for at least a short period of time, but most often the driver’s license will be restricted or result in the loss of driving privileges for at least one year. A DUI conviction will also mean that that person now has a criminal record. This can lead to problems when the person applies for a job, college or even financial aid. Not only may a person with a DUI conviction have to disclose the conviction to certain people upon request, the information will also become public record. This means if you were convicted of a DUI your insurance company will learn of your misfortune and most likely raise your rates. Lastly, a person convicted of a DUI may also have to serve time in jail.
  • Loss of time and money: Even if your attorney is able to have the DUI charges against you dropped or is able to win your case at trial, you will most likely spend a large amount of time and money in order for him or her to achieve such results. Unless you have a lot of time and money burning a hole in your pocket, it is best to avoid a DUI.
  • Seriously injure or kill yourself and/or other people: Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs have slower reactions times than drivers who are sober. A slow reaction time while driving, especially in an emergency type situation can prove dangerous, even life threatening. Driving requires a motorist to make split-second decisions. An impaired driver may not be able to swerve in time to avoid a collision or react appropriately to a braking vehicle. A motorist that has been drinking also experiences impaired judgment. Drinking can make a motorist feel like driving at a high rate of speed during poor weather conditions is a great idea. Which can lead the driver to wrap his or her car around a telephone pole or veer into oncoming traffic. Such actions not only put the driver’s life at risk, but also his or her passengers, and other motorists, their passengers, and pedestrians.

If you have been charged with a DUI do not make another mistake by hiring just any attorney. Only an experienced DUI defense attorney can properly advise you of your legal rights and best advise you as to your options under the law. For over 35 years, the Whitman Law Offices have been advising DUI clients on their rights. To schedule your free and confidential consultation, call the Whitman Law Offices today at (785) 843-9460 or visit us online. We can also make arrangements to visit you in jail. Trust the seasoned professionals at the Whitman Law Offices to provide you with exceptional legal services.

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