DUI Lawyer

To avoid DUI is best, but that isn't always the case. When faced with an impending driving under the influence charge, individuals unnecessarily put their entire future and current lives at stake when choosing to not implement a defense strategy using an experienced attorney for DUI. Each year, over 1.5 million American drivers are arrested for driving under the influence. Each of the over 212 million licensed drivers in America should know their rights and responsibilities when facing a DUI traffic stop, however, the vast majority do not. A DUI lawyer can assist clients in not only handling impending legal matters, but also, informing them of their rights in future events.

The driving privileges and administration of these is a power granted by the federal government to each individual state and territory. Since 2002, pressure from the federal government in form of transportation budget allocation led all fifty states to implement a uniform policy of .08% blood alcohol content as the threshold for being under the influence of alcohol. Currently, measures to determine a driver's sobriety, or lack of, are done in a subjective manner initially, followed by more object determinations using Breathalyzer devices and potentially later, blood or urine samples analyzed in laboratories. Once an officer is alerted to a driver potentially under the influence, a traffic stop will occur. The police must have probable cause for pulling over an individual, however, and in many cases, probable cause can amount to minor traffic violations, defects in an automobile being driven, or a report of suspicious drivers in the area. Once pulled over, an officer only has the right to request a license, proof of insurance, and vehicle registration, however, typically, police officers will question drivers further during this process. If an officer is given reasonable cause, such as admitting to drinking any amount of alcohol that evening, he may request drivers to undergo a field sobriety test, which includes a long list of motor coordination tests that will give an officer probable cause to administer a Breathalyzer test. Refusal to subject oneself to field sobriety testing is not illegal, however, refusal to undergo a chemical test, such as a Breathalyzer, will result in an automatic suspension of your license in some states.

When interacting with the police during a DUI stop, individuals are giving more evidence that can be used against them in a future criminal DUI case. For this reason, immediately requesting the presence of your DUI lawyer will greatly benefit any future legal actions. Additionally, the accuracy of Breathalyzer exams for alcohol presence is highly disputed, and this can be challenged in the court of law by a DUI lawyer. More importantly, DUI, or driving under the influence, includes under the influence of much more than just alcohol.

Other substances that can lead to a DUI arrest include:

  • Illicit street drugs
  • Medical marijuana
  • Prescribed medications
  • Over the counter medications
  • Noticeable fatigue or sleep deprivation

Given the completely subjective nature of many of the aforementioned substances and states, challenging the burden of guilt prosecutors must prove during a DUI criminal case is amply possible when using the experience and knowledge of a DUI lawyer. By cooperating with police, but avoiding any and all unnecessary interaction, individuals can potentially avoid giving prosecutors the evidence to pursue their DUI arrest charges and perhaps even clear DUI record or at the very least, make defense for DUI case easier.

For individuals already under arrest for DUI charges, a number of legal strategies must be implemented with the help of a DUI lawyer to alleviate some of the damage a conviction for DUI may cause or have the DUI charge dismissed entirely. For every individual accused of DUI, there is so much at stake including their own lives and the lives of their loved ones. Electing not to consult a DUI lawyer can only be viewed as irresponsible at best in these situations.

Some of the potential consequences from a DUI conviction include:

  • Incarceration
  • Lengthy probation periods
  • Mandatory driving restrictions such as schedules and interlocking devices
  • Orders to undergo drug counseling or rehabilitation
  • Community service punishments
  • Hefty fines and court costs
  • Complications to child custody rights
  • Detriments to current and future employment

Do you or someone you know face an unhappy and uncertain future due to a DUI arrest? Contact a DUI Lawyer right away to begin salvaging your future today!

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