If you have been unfortunate enough to have been stopped for drunk driving, you are about to enter into an adventure for which you are probably not prepared.
Even if this is your first offense, the laws and rules are much more stringent than they used to be in years past. There are crackdowns in nearly every state to the point that every one ought to fear the consequences if things are not handled properly.
An example could be that you and your wife have just finished a nice dinner, and after having “one for the road” you begin a leisurely drive home. You just had a few glasses of wine, but you get stopped by an officer a short distance from the restaurant, and your heart sinks.
After the usual question and answer, the officer subjects you to getting out of the car, has you walk the line, and offers for you to take a breathalyzer test. Not knowing exactly what to do, you agree and take the test, and your blood alcohol registers quite a bit above the minimum.
Suddenly you are handcuffed and being taken off to jail, while another officer drives your wife home. This is the time that you should hire a DUI attorney. Without some serious legal help, you could be in real trouble and be out a heap of money.
First of all, if you don’t have good legal help, you could be spending some serious time in jail. A good DUI attorney will be able to post your bail that night, and have you home fairly quickly.
Otherwise, you could spend time in jail until your trial, which could be days or weeks from your arrest.
When looking for a lawyer, you will certainly want to have one who is very experienced in the DUI law in this particular jurisdiction. He or she will know all the rules pertaining to the local court, as well as knowing all of the people, as well as the judges. He or she will also know a good portion of the police officers, and how good or sloppy they might be on an arrest.
It is still going to cost you a pretty penny, but you have your reputation at stake, and your lawyer can plead down your sentence even if you are guilty. A lot depends on just “how guilty” you are, meaning the higher the reading on the blood alcohol test, the steeper the fine and possible penalties.
Your lawyer will probably attack the language used to tell you about the breathalyzer test, but the bottom line is that you are much better off being represented by an expert lawyer in the DUI field than one who is just a rookie.
Most likely if this is your first case and the blood alcohol reading is lower, you will get a good fine and perhaps an order to attend driving school. Next time, give your last drink about an hour to get out of your system before your drive.