In Kansas you can be arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) based on either your blood alcohol content (BAC) or the evidence provided by your driving abilities. If you are driving in an unsafe manner, appear to be drunk, and fail a field sobriety test, you can be arrested for DUI. Also, the state's laws make it possible for you to be arrested for DUI based solely on your BAC levels. If you have a BAC of .08% or higher, you are guilty of a Kansas DUI offense.DUI Arrests in Kansas
When you are arrested for a Kansas DUI offense, you will be asked to submit to a BAC test. You can refuse to take this test, but doing so will result in a lengthened license suspension time and a high reinstatement fee. You will also face two separate cases as a result of a Kansas DUI conviction. The first case is in the criminal courts, where your fines, class requirements, and jail time will be decided.
The second case is the administrative case. This case determines how long your license will be suspended. You will have to request the hearing with the Kansas Department of Revenue. To do this, you will need to send in a letter requesting the hearing within 10 days of your arrest. If you fail to do so, you will automatically lose your license. Having a lawyer working with you on your case will help you to ensure that you complete all of the necessary paperwork correctly and on time so that you can have the chance to argue for your driving rights.Basic Consequences for First Time Offenders
If you are convicted of your first Kansas DUI offense, you can expect to face the following consequences:
If you successfully complete the diversion program, your charges will be dropped after one year.License Suspensions for Kansas DUI You will also lose your right to drive as a result of your Kansas DUI offense. Typical license suspension times are as follows:
A restricted license will only allow you to drive to work or school. For any offenses past your first offense, you will have an ignition interlock device on your car for the first year after serving your suspension.Insurance Consequences
Your Kansas DUI conviction will cause your insurance rates to increase. Some insurance companies may refuse to cover those with DUI convictions on their records. If you have to shop for new insurance coverage, you will find that your DUI conviction makes it difficult to get approval.