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DUI Charges? How an Experienced DUI Attorney Can Help

If you’ve been charged for DUI and it’s your first offense, you may be inclined to just pay the fine and get it over with. Don’t be too hasty! You could be subjecting yourself to future problems that an experienced DUI attorney can help you avoid.
Collateral consequences of a DUI conviction
All DUI convictions result in a driving license suspension of at least six months. Your insurance will either go up or be canceled entirely. You will also be required to complete the Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program (ADSAP), which can cost up to $2,000. The conviction will appear on your record, barring you from certain occupations and even limiting your ability to travel internationally. Under a law that took effect in October 2014, you may even have to install an ignition interlock device.
What a DUI attorney can do for you
An experienced DUI attorney can review your case and explain potential defenses to you. These defenses include:

  • Inaccurate test results: If the testing procedure is flawed, the results can be challenged. Breathalyzers, for example, deliver inaccurate readings if you were in the proximity of paint thinner, gasoline, and certain other chemicals.
  • Rising BAC: Alcohol is absorbed into your bloodstream over time. If your blood alcohol content was not tested at the time you were pulled over, your attorney can argue that it rose over time and was below the legal limit while you were behind the wheel.
  • Heartburn: If you have acid reflux while you are being tested, your BAC can appear up to four times higher, allowing for the possibility that you were not legally drunk.
  • Violation of your Fourth Amendment rights: Under the Fourth Amendment, you are protected against unreasonable search and seizure. If the police cannot demonstrate that they had a reasonable basis for believing you were intoxicated, a judge may dismiss the case.

An attorney with experience in defending DUI cases can help you even if you believe the state has a strong case against you.  They will work with you to examine the facts of your case and may be able to  negotiate a plea agreement to a non DUI charge which  could save you time, money and inconvenience. Because they understand the criminal court system, a DUI attorney will help you avoid self-incrimination. Please contact us today to learn more!

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