If you are charged with a DUI, the most important step to protecting your rights and improving your chances for an acquittal is to consult an attorney immediately.
In the last ten years, the penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs have become increasingly severe. Additionally, recent changes in the law make it even harder for drivers to obtain a restricted right to drive after a DUI arrest. Even worse, many first-time offenders are being charged with a much more severe felony instead of a misdemeanor, sometimes for simply having failed to renew an otherwise valid license. As your attorney, I will carefully examine the facts of your case to make sure that law enforcement has followed proper procedures. Besides alcohol-related arrests, more people are finding themselves charged with DUI after taking their otherwise legal prescription medications. Often, the driver was not even aware that the medication was putting them at risk for this offense. I have helped many clients get this type of charge dismissed.
If you are charged with a DUI, the most important step to protecting your rights is to consult an attorney immediately. An attorney can petition a court to overturn the automatic suspension of your driver’s license on a first time DUI. The more quickly you act, the better your chances of holding on to your license.
An attorney can also review your case for your best possible defense. Did the officer have probable cause to stop you? Can the state prove all the elements of your offense? Even if the evidence against you is overwhelming, an attorney who is respected in the courthouse may be able to negotiate a more favorable plea agreement than you could on your own.