How to Fight a DUI
January 21, 2017
A DUI can affect employment, careers, travel options, reputation, and much more. As a result, it’s important to understand how to fight a DUI.
Talk to an attorney.
The first step in fighting a DUI is consulting an experienced attorney, preferably a lawyer who practices criminal law and has experience with DUI cases. It will take time to choose the right attorney, but do your research and contact candidates as soon as possible. Once you’ve selected a lawyer, he or she will look over the details of your arrest. From there, your attorney should be able to determine how likely it is that your DUI will be dismissed and whether or not you should fight it.
Be willing to pay for an experienced attorney.
By law, if you can’t afford an attorney, you will be appointed a public defender. However, you may be more successful if you hire your own criminal law attorney. A criminal law attorney may have more time to review your case for legal issues. An experienced criminal law attorney may find errors in the way that your DUI arrest and breath tests were handled, which may increase your chances of having your DUI dismissed.
Write down arrest details.
There are several important things to do and know after being charged with a DUI, especially if you are looking into how to fight a DUI. One thing you should keep in mind is that attorneys can only help you if you provide them with as much information as possible. That’s why you will want to create a written record of all of your arrest information. It is imperative that you only share this information with your lawyer. Some things you will want to include, if possible, are:
- How much and what kind of alcohol you consumed.
- Where you drank and when.
- Any prescription medications you took that day.
- Your weight on the day of the arrest.
- Witnesses who saw or interacted with you on the day of your arrest.
- The names of the police officers involved.
- What questions the police asked you.
- What types of tests were administered (e.g. breathalyzer or blood sample test).
The more information you can provide to your attorney, the better your attorney can fight for you in court.
Navigating the legal system after getting a DUI can be confusing and costly if you are not careful. However, a skilled criminal defense lawyer can assist you and give you the representation you deserve.
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