When people hear DUI they think it’s the end of their driving world. No matter how serious the charge is, and believe me a DUI is a very serious charge, you must not lose hope. But at the same time, you can’t take it lightly either.
If you are charged with a DUI you can face the loss of your driving privileges. This doesn’t count the large fines, probation, suspension of your license or jail time, that you could face. Plus, you will probably pay higher rates for auto insurance and could even lose your coverage. A DUI conviction can not be erased, it is not expungeable, and will remain on your record for life and may prevent you from getting your dream job.
There are two plans of attack for legal defense when it comes to a DUI. The first is tackling why you were actually stopped. Most DUI cases begin with the obvious…a driver getting pulled over by the police. Hard to argue the fact that you weren’t driving the vehicle since the cop saw you behind the wheel, but what if the police officer didn’t witness you driving? What if the officer approached your idle car while you were behind the wheel in a parking lot? Then this might be debatable, based on the evidence…or lack thereof.
Now, the defense for the actual arrest is a bit different. There is a chance the officer didn’t have the legal right to stop your car in the first place. If the officer failed to follow proper legal procedures during the arrest, then any evidence extracted from the traffic stop or the arrest, might be deemed inadmissible.
Sometimes people feel a level of shame that comes attached to a DUI. But you should always know your legal rights and more importantly…fight for them.