New DUI Laws and How They Affect You

New Kansas DUI laws were made effective on July 1 of 2011. Many changes have been made that people need to be aware of.

The first is that if you refuse to take a breath, blood or urine test to determine your blood alcohol level, you may face up to a year suspension of your driver’s license and the requirement of a ignition interlock device to be installed. If you take a breath test and the results are anywhere from .08 to .15, this being your first offence, you face a 30-day license suspension. Also you must install an ignition interlock device. The device must be used for 6 months. If this is not your first offence, you may be forced to keep the interlock device for a year.

If your breath test results exceed .15, then you are possibly facing 1-year suspension of your license and the installation of an ignition interlock device once your license is reinstated. If this happens to you, and you need to drive to work or school, you can receive a restricted license after 45 days if you agree to the terms of the interlock device. This also can be used to the advantage of people who had their license suspended before the law was put into effect. The fines for DUIs are increasing by $250.

Another alteration to the law is that rehab in no longer an option to jail time for the second DUI and the ones that follow. The third DUI will be tried as a misdemeanor if there are no previous DUIs over the course of the past ten years. If there are other DUI convictions in the past ten years, it is tried as a felony.

If you are arrested for a fourth DUI, it is considered a felony and you face a minimum of $2,500 in fines, 3 days in jail as well as work release and house arrest. DUI convictions before 2001 are not looked at as previous convictions. After ten years, a DUI may be taken off your record. This all sounds complicated, but it is accurate. Time will tell how the Kansas Department of Revenue will handle cases that were done before the new laws regarding old suspensions and the installation of interlock devices.

At The DUI Clinic, we like to say that friends don’t let friends plead guilty. While many people who have been charged with a DUI are proven guilty, many are not. We can help you level the playing field and get the best results for you. Our goal is to minimize the impact of a DUI charge on your life. Call us today at 888-4-DUI-CLINIC to get you started on your DUI case now.


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