DUI Attorneys in Wichita, KS
Effective Representation for Kansas Traffic Violations
Have you been charged with DUI/DWI? Do you want to contest a traffic ticket? Come to the law offices of Beall & Mitchell LLC. Our Wichita DUI attorneys aggressively represent your traffic offenses across the state, focusing on personalized service and knowledgeable counsel.
Talk to an Experienced DUI attorney in Wichita, KS, today
DUI/DWI is a serious criminal charge in Kansas and can have serious consequences. Ensure you understand your rights and can effectively guard your interests; talk to an experienced Wichita criminal defense attorney before you talk to anyone else.
Although speaking to an attorney as soon as possible with any criminal charge is crucial, this is especially true in DUI/DWI cases. These charges often have strict deadlines. You only have a few days to challenge your administrative license suspension, and the sooner you start addressing your criminal charges, the better you will be.
Are you facing a DUI charge in Kansas? Call our Wichita DUI lawyer today at (316) 842-4014 or contact us online to discuss your potential defenses!
Can you expunge a DUI in Kansas?
If you receive a conviction in your DUI case, it may still be possible to expunge the DUI from your criminal record. As of July 1, 2015, Kansas residents can expunge a first-time DUI five years after completing their sentence, diversion, or probation. Second-time DUI offenders must wait ten years to expunge a DUI.
Expunging a DUI will remove it from your criminal record, making it appear that it never happened for all intents and purposes.
How to Expunge a DUI in Kansas
To get your DUI expunged, you must file a "Petition for Expungement of Conviction or Diversion" with the Court that initially convicted you of a DUI. You may have to attend a hearing with a judge at that Court, at which point the judge will examine your behavior and determine whether to expunge the DUI from your case.
Expunging a DUI from your record can help you get a new lease on life, making it easier to find housing and employment. At Beall & Mitchell, we can help you expunge a DUI from your record.
How long do tickets stay on your record in Kansas?
How long your ticket remains on your record depends on the type of offense you committed. Convictions for minor offenses, like speeding, will remain on your record for three years. Convictions for major offenses, such as driving while suspended, will remain on your record for five years.
If you commit a different kind of offense while driving, such as Driving Under the Influence (DUI), it will stay on your record for life unless you get the DUI expunged from your record. To learn more about expungement, visit our DUI page (note: link page with an earlier blurb about DUI expungement here).
If you're fighting a traffic ticket for a minor or major offense, our
experienced attorneys can help you collect evidence and defend your case in court.
What is a DUI Diversion?
For first-charge DUIs, the judge can offer to enroll you in a diversion program when you appear in court. Diversion is a program where the defendant states being guilty of DUI and decides to be treated for one year while fulfilling a set of requirements.
If everything goes as planned, the prosecutor will drop the charges at the end of the term. This ensures you were not found guilty of DUI and would not have a charge on your record. Please remember that you will still have a DUI fee on your driving record and diversion program completion marked.
It's also worth noting that if you're ever charged with another DUI, the diversion will be considered a previous crime, and the latest DUI will be considered a second offense.
What are the DUI laws in Kansas under 21?
Kansas has a zero-tolerance policy for underage drinking and driving. This policy means that if you're under 21 and have any measurable amount of alcohol in your system, you can be under arrest for DUI. The legal BAC limit for adults in Kansas is .08, but for minors, it's just .02.
If you're caught driving under the influence as a minor in Kansas, your license will be suspended for 30 days. You'll be required to install an ignition interlock device in your car for 330 days after suspension. You may also face fines, jail time, and other penalties.
Minimize the Long-Term Consequences of Traffic Tickets
A simple speeding ticket can drastically increase your insurance rates for years. With enough traffic offenses, you can potentially lose your driver's license.
Although few traffic offenses come with consequences as severe as drunk driving, the consequences may still seriously affect your future. Our DUI attorneys in Wichita, KS, have extensive experience handling all traffic matters, and we can effectively represent you.
Contact Beall & Mitchell LLC today to schedule a consultation with our Wichita, KS, DUI law firm!