In their eagerness to keep the roads clear from impaired drivers, law enforcement officials often overstep their boundaries. While their intentions may be good, the misguided actions of overzealous officers can ultimately prove devastating for those accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. You deserve skilled representation from a caring and knowledgeable Jackson DUI attorney.
Why people choose Eichelberger Law Firm:
- More than 2 decades of combined legal experience
- Personalized attention for every client
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If you or a loved one has been arrested for a DUI, it’s imperative that you waste no time in securing representation and begin building the defense you need. We are well versed in our legal abilities and we will work tirelessly to secure the best possible outcome on your behalf.
At the Eichelberger Law Firm, PLLC, you will receive high-quality representation from our Jackson, MS lawyers, thereby minimizing the future impact of your current DUI charges. Call (601) 509-2050 now or contact us online.
What are the Penalties for Drunk Driving in Mississippi?
In Mississippi, the penalties for driving under the influence can differ greatly depending on the age of the driver, the blood alcohol content measured at the scene of the crime, and the driver’s history.
- First-time DUI offenders will face penalties such as fines up to $1,000, loss of driver's license up to 90 day and up to 48 hours in jail
- Consequences for your second DUI may include fines up to $1,500, loss of driver's license up to 2 years, and up to one year in jail
- For a third DUI conviction, you will see fines up to $5,000, loss of driver's license up to 5 years, and 1-5 years in jail.
These penalties can alone can prove devastating, but the negative impact of a DUI conviction does not end there. A license suspension, when combined with a record that includes a conviction for driving under influence, can make it very difficult to obtain or keep a job. Finding decent housing may also prove challenging once a criminal record is marred by DUI charges.
Field Sobriety Tests
The Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) is made of up 3 individual tests:
- In the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test, the officer will observe the eyes of the person in question as they slowly move a pen or small object back and forth to look for indicators in each eye that the person is impaired.
- In theWalk-and-turn test, the officer instructs the person to take nine steps, touching heel-to-toe in a straight line and the return back. The officer is looking for signs that the person is impaired such as not being able to keep their balance or not following the instructions properly.
- In theOne-leg stand test, the officer instructs the person to stand with one foot off the ground and hold it until told to put it down. The officer looks for signs of impairment such as swaying, hoping or using their arms to balance.
How Jackson DUI Lawyers Can Help
J. Matthew Eichelberger of the Eichelberger Law Firm, PLLC is well versed in the negative impact of DUI charges. He also understands that, due to law enforcement issues such as inaccurate field sobriety tests, it is shockingly easy to receive an undeserved conviction. In such cases, the goal of our Jackson DUI attorney is to gather the evidence necessary to have the accused individual’s case dismissed. Evidence examined may include the officer’s report or video footage of the incident and arrest.
Is Jail My Only Option?
For clients choosing to plead guilty, alternatives to jail time, or possibly even conviction, may be available. These will generally include a combination of fines, fees, the installation of an ignition interlock device, and participation in alcohol education classes, although drug treatment and probation may also be required.
New laws give Mississippi DUI attorneys several tools to lessen the burden placed upon a person charged with a DUI. Also, clients interested in achieving expungement of old DUI charges are encouraged to seek assistance from the Eichelberger Law Firm, PLLC.
The Eichelberger Law Firm, PLLC's Compassionate Approach
Drivers charged with DUI often worry about working with less-than-understanding Jackson drunk driving attorneys. Mr. Eichelberger is able to ease these fears with his kind, compassionate, and non-judgmental approach to law. Passionate about defending the rights of those facing criminal charges, this talented Jackson DUI defense attorney will work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the representation you deserve.
Call Eichelberger Law Firm, PLLC online or at (601) 509-2050 for a free consultation from our Jackson criminal defense attorneys.