Wichita DUI Lawyers
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 provide aggressive representation for your traffic offenses across the state, focusing on personalized service and knowledgeable counsel.
Talk to an Experienced Wichita DUI attorney today
DUI/DWI is a serious criminal charge in Kansas, and can come with serious criminal consequences. Make sure 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 it is important to speak to an attorney as soon as possible with any criminal charge, 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.
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 as though the DUI never happened for all intents and purposes.
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 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 a court of law.
DUI and Diversion in Kansas
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 keep in mind that you will still have a DUI fee on your driving record, as well as 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.
Minimize the Long-Term Consequences of Traffic Tickets
A simple speeding ticket can drastically increase your insurance rates for years to come. With enough traffic offenses, you can potentially lose your drivers license. Although few traffic offenses come with consequences as severe as drunk driving, the consequences may still seriously affect your future. Our traffic attorneys have extensive experience handling all types of traffic matters, and we can effectively represent you.
Hiring a lawyer today may be one of the most cost-effective decisions you ever make. Call us today at (316) 842-4014 to discuss your potential defenses.