Kansas DUI Defense Lawyer Asks: Will Your Kansas DUI Haunt You Forever?

Halloween has always been about “treats” and “tricks,” but lately the holiday has also gained a reputation for drinking and driving and DUIs. While ghosts, goblins and things that go bump in the night are often the fodder for spooky Halloween tales, they cannot even begin to compare to the frightening realties that come with a DUI conviction. A DUI is a serious offense that can potentially haunt a person for years and years to come. The following are just a few ways a DUI can have an ongoing impact on the multiple aspects of a person’s life:

  • DUI Punishment: In the State of Kansas a first time DUI is considered to be a Class B nonperson misdemeanor. A conviction carries with it, a jail sentence of not less than 48 hours but not more than 6 months. Persons convicted will also have to pay fines between $750 and $1,000, not including court costs. If a person chooses to hire an attorney to represent his or her interests, he or she will also be responsible for the attorney’s fees.
  • Driver’s License: A person convicted of a DUI for the first time can expect to have his or her driver’s licenses suspended between 30 days and one year. Following the period of license suspension, a driver’s license will contain the restriction of an Ignition Interlock Device for a period of up to one year. There is also an installation and maintenance cost associated with this device.
  • Employment Opportunities: Having a DUI conviction on your criminal record can be a red flag to an employer and possibly bar a person from employment. It is only common sense that if an employer has two equally qualified prospective candidates for a job and one has a DUI conviction and the other has a clean record, that most likely the person without a criminal record will most likely be offered the job. This advice is especially true in competitive job markets. Not to mention, certain jobs require a person to have an active and unrestricted driver’s license—a qualification lacking from a person whose license is suspended for DUI.
  • Car Insurance: Car insurance rates for those drivers with a DUI conviction on their record tend to be higher than for drivers with a clean driving record. Insurance rates are calculated using risk formulas. If a person has a DUI he or she is a higher level risk for the company and therefore, will pay a higher premium.
  • Injuries to Self and/or Others: In some instances a person is only charged with a DUI after he or she is involved in a motor vehicle crash. In these cases the driver may suffer injuries as the result of the accident. He or she may also have to live with the fact that wreck injured or even killed another motorist or even a pedestrian.

If you were recently arrested and charged with a DUI you need to take this matter very seriously.  A conviction for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can have a major effect on your life and likely impact your future as well. That is why it is critical to consult with an experienced Kansas DUI Defense Attorney as soon as possible after an arrest. Only a skilled Kansas DUI Defense Lawyer will be able to thoroughly review your case and provide you with the answers you need. Contact the Whitman Law Offices today at (785) 843-9460 to schedule your free and confidential consultation. With more than 35 years of experience, attorney Charles E. Whitman is the attorney you can trust to provide you with aggressive representation.


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