DWI Defense Lawyer in Jonesboro, AR
Potential Penalties for DWI Convictions
Under state law in Arkansas, drivers can be charged with Driving While
Intoxicated (DWI) if they choose to operate a vehicle while under the
influence of drugs or alcohol. The legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC)
for individuals over the age of 21 is 0.08%, 0.02% for those under the
age of 21, and 0.04% for drivers of commercial vehicles. If you are arrested
and your BAC is found to be over these legal limits, you may face charges
which carry the potential for serious consequences.
Don’t face a DWI charge alone.
Contact our Jonesboro criminal defense attorneys today.
First time offenders face up to one year in jail, fines of up to $1,000,
a six-month license suspension, and the installation of an Interlock Ignition
Device (IID). In addition to these already harsh penalties,
repeat offenders face longer prison sentences, steeper fines, and harsher license suspensions. Even
underage offenders can find themselves facing substantial consequences for an underage DUI
What are My Options?
With so much at stake, including your freedom, driving privileges, career,
and reputation, having experienced attorneys at your side defending your
case is absolutely crucial.
When evaluating your case, we ask a variety of questions that can help
strengthen your defense, including:
- Was there a lawful reason for the officer to pull your vehicle over in
the first place?
- Were all sobriety and chemical tests properly administered?
- Was any of the evidence, including suspicious driving and sobriety tests,
- Were you properly read your rights before questioning began?
Refusing Chemical Tests & Implied Consent
Even though you have the right to refuse a chemical test from law enforcement
officials, Arkansas has an implied consent law, and refusing to submit
to a test will result in an automatic fine and license suspension.
Lawyers at Ford & Cook, PLC are well-versed in DWI law, and can help
you appeal these suspensions. With respect to your charges, we work towards
the outcome you need, whether through negotiating with the prosecution
to reduce or drop your charges or fighting in a court of law to obtain
a not guilty verdict.
Call us at (870) 853-3621 to schedule your
initial case review.