Many people who are charged with DUI (Driving Under the Influence), DWAI (Driving While Ability Impaired), or UDD (Underage Drinking and Driving) have never been in trouble with the law before. Because navigating the system can be frightening, confusing, stressful, and overwhelming, a person might consider a guilty plea just to get the experience behind them. The problem is that a guilty plea does not really put the consequences behind you, and that often the offer you get is not much better than being convicted at trial. Probation can be lengthy and expensive, you can lose your license for a long period of time, the charge will appear on your record for good and may prevent you from getting a job you are seeking, and you can have many unanticipated expenses. These are only a few of the potential consequences of taking a plea.
Although yours may appear to be an open and shut case, there are often a number of possible defenses worth exploring. No case is open and shut, regardless of what the system would have us believe. For example, if the police officer did not have probable cause for the arrest, the evidence he gathered may be thrown out. There may have been a malfunction with the machine they used to test your breath or a mistake with the way they tested your blood. Perhaps you were tested outside the required time limit and your license should not be revoked.
Our firm has the experience necessary to help you make a more informed decision and to take your case to trial. We are happy to discuss your case and the possible defenses and consequences. You owe it to yourself to protect your future.
You must consult with a lawyer as soon as possible after being charged because you have only seven days to request a hearing to challenge the suspension of your license, which is automatic after an arrest for drunk driving. Please call us today.