DUI cases can be very simple or very complex. Several factors should be examined before determining the best way to proceed. Was the traffic stop legally initiated? How does the defendant’s performance on field sobriety tests affect the case? Was blood drawn properly and legally? Is the defendant eligible for ARD? The attorneys at Murphy, Butterfield & Holland have the experience to guide you through this process and provide the answers you need.

Frequently Asked Questions

Penalties for DUI offenses vary depending largely on three factors: (1) the number of DUI offenses the defendant has incurred in the past 10 years; (2) the defendant’s level of intoxication or the substance causing the intoxication; and (3) the defendant’s prior criminal record. The potential penalties vary accordingly, but can include imprisonment in a state or county facility, probation or parole supervision, fines, and/or restitution.
Absolutely. An attorney can review the evidence against you to determine whether it was lawfully obtained; if it was not, the case against you may not be able to proceed. Also, an attorney can ensure that you are pleading to the charge that best fits the facts of your case, thus preventing you from facing greater sanctions (jail time, license suspension, and fines) than you should be.
Yes. The DUI law does not distinguish between prescription and non-prescription medications; it only focuses on whether a defendant’s intoxication was caused by certain classes of controlled substances, including alcohol. However, certain counties may not treat these situations as a typical DUI.
ARD is a diversionary program for first-time offenders that keeps defendants out of jail and dramatically reduces license suspensions. Each county has different policies and procedures regarding eligibility for ARD and for the program itself. Upon successful completion of the program, the DUI will be expunged from your record.