DUI Attorney



Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs.

The Adult DUI

The charge for an adult is DUI.

A DUI is a gross misdemeanor, which has a maximum of 364 days in jail and additional court penalties.

  • Requires a blood alcohol content of .08 or,

  • 5 nanograms or higher for Driving under the influence of Marijuana or,

  • In the alternative, be under the influence of Drugs or Alcohol.

Underage DUI

The charge for someone under the age of 21 is Driver Under Twenty-One consuming alcohol or marijuana and is operating or being in physical control of a motor vehicle.

An Underage DUI is considered a misdemeanor, which has a maximum  of 90 days in jail and additional court penalties.

For a minor the blood alcohol content is .02.

A DUI is a serious crime, with serious penalties for you.

  • You could be arrested.

  • Face a Driver’s license suspension.  

  • There will be assorted Court hearings including an Arraignment, Pre-Trial hearings, Trial, Sentencing.  

  • You may be sentenced with Jail, Fines, Scram Bracelet, Drug and Alcohol Evaluation, Treatment, Ignition Interlock, SR 22 filing Insurance.  

In the long term

  • You may need to have background checks done, that will bring this back to the surface years from now.

  • There are also countries, including Canada, that will not allow you to enter after you have been convicted of  a DUI.

Drinking? Driving? Don't!

If you are drinking and travelling, plan to have a designated driver, call a friend, call a cab, call a tow truck, or Stay.

We know that DUIs can be a life changing event but it isn't the end of the world.  

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Understanding a DUI Stop

Understanding A DUI Stop

You grab your keys, hop into the driver’s seat and get on the road.  Soon you notice the red and blue lights flashing in your rear view mirror.

You have been out for some fun, enjoying a few alcoholic beverages and you are now realizing that you could be charged with a DUI.

If you have committed a traffic infraction, an officer will pull you over.  

When the officer approaches the window of the vehicle, he will notice if there is an odor of alcohol or drugs from the car, if your eyes are glassy or bloodshot, your speech is slurred or your mannerisms are impaired.  

The Field Sobriety Test

With a reasonable suspicion of drunk driving, the officer will ask you to step out of the car and complete a field sobriety test.

A field sobriety test is a series of 3 tests that will be administered by an officer to determine the impairment of the driver and establish probable cause for arrest.  

  • Test one is the horizontal gaze nystagmus test  

The officer will observe the driver’s eyes as the driver follows a slowly moving object, usually this is done with a writing utensil or a small flashlight.  

  • Test two is the walk and turn test.  

This requires the driver to listen, follow instructions, while performing the simple physical movements.  The driver will be asked to take nine steps, heel-to-toe along a straight line, and then turn on one foot and return to the starting position walking along the same straight line heel-to-toe.  

  • The third and final test is the one-leg stand test.  

The driver will be asked to stand with one foot approximately six inches off of the ground and then will be directed to count aloud by thousands until the officer directs the driver to place the foot down.  

The officer will be looking for indicators of impairment, which include swaying while balancing, use of the arms for balance, hopping to help maintain balance, and placing the foot down for balance.

Breath Test

The officer may also ask you to take a portable breath test to measure your blood alcohol content.

Should you Take the Test

If you are suspected of driving while under the influence, It is important that you speak with an attorney prior to taking any type of test to determine your ability to drive.

If you refuse to take the tests, the officer may place you under arrest and you may be taken to jail.  

Knowing your Rights

Within a reasonable amount of time, the arresting officer is required to notify you of your right to talk to an attorney.  

It is important that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible to help determine which course of action you should take to help with your situation.

What are the Consequences?

Receiving a DUI is a serious offense and may lead to time in jail, suspension of your license, probation and many other requirements or penalties.

We know that DUIs can be a life changing event but it is not the end of the world.  

Contact us now to ask additional questions or to hire an experienced attorney who has deep connections with the local legal system.


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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

It is That Time of Year…

For Christmas Traditions, those events and activities that we enjoy most.  I have been asking friends and family an important question this season. “What is your favorite Holiday Tradition?”

From Our Little Blue House to Yours…

We enjoy gathering together for dinner gatherings with family and friends to share the joy of this season.

One of the traditions from Rick’s family brings out the kid in all of them, as they gather for an adventure shopping for Toys for Tots.  

Holly and her family really enjoy making Holiday Cards for Heroes to bring cheer to the military and their families. Christmas Caroling at the Nursing Home with their 4-H Club brings so much joy to the the residents and the carolers. and Celebrating the Reason for the Season by attending Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at their family Church.

Kristi and her family host Christmas Cookie Bake-a-Thons, getting together with family to “roll out the dough”, bake and decorate their delightful creations.  Then parties with friends to share and trade cookies and recipes for future celebrations.

Celebrate and Get Home Safe...

Have a plan to get home safely like the Falcon 9 Rocket.  If you partake or are overtired from your activities do not drive.  Arrange for a designated driver, call a friend, call a tow truck, or plan to stay.  

If you get into trouble with the law call your designated Attorney Rick Merrill, he is available 24/7 and can give you direction.

White Christmas…

Yes, you heard me right, the mountain forecast says that the snow level will be 400 feet on Christmas Day.  This is a good time to remember safe driving tips for the snow, leave a large following distance, have chains or traction tires available, pack some sand for added traction if you need to get a grip.  

With Snow on the Way…Rick may need to hitch up the sleigh.

Enter Before it is Too Late….

You could Win $100 for your Original Photo in our photo contest, and you can choose one of these deserving Charities for Rick to donate $100 to on your behalf. 

Grab your camera and show us the picture you took of your favorite Christmas Tree.  We will display the Winning Photo on Rick’s Website.

Please email your digital picture to Rickmerrillatty@gmail.com today!

Contest deadline is December 31st 2015!!

Give us a call

If you have been arrested, received a notice requiring you to appear in court, or have been given a ticket you may need the help of Rick Merrill.  

Rick is an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney and has been helping people in your situation since 1992.

If you have any questions throughout the process call the office, we very happy to help.

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