Have you been arrested on suspicion of impaired driving? Truth be told, you could be in serious trouble. Depending on the severity of the charges against you, a DUI conviction can result in severe penalties.
If you are arraigned for drunk driving, this isn’t a situation you want to try to handle on your own. Here’s why you should consider hiring an experienced attorney right away:
To negotiate a plea bargain
There are instances in a DUI case when you can be offered a plea bargain that trades your guilty plea for a lenient penalty. However, a plea bargain is not something you can negotiate on your own. Most prosecutors won’t even negotiate a plea directly with a defendant.
To identify any irregularities in your arrest
There may be circumstances that can cast doubt in the justification of your arrest and arraignment. Was the traffic stop that led to charges even justified? Were you properly informed of your rights and responsibilities? All of that can matter to the outcome of your case.
To challenge the chemical tests used in your case
Most likely, you were subjected to a Breathalyzer test to determine your blood alcohol content (BAC) before you were arrested. The average layperson doesn’t know just how easily those tests can go wrong. Was the machine calibrated correctly? Was the officer properly trained in its use? Was the test taken in a timely manner or delayed long enough to let your BAC rise over time? These are all questions that need to be asked in a proper defense.
Just because you have been charged with drunk driving does not mean that you are guilty. Protect your rights and your future with decisive action.