Getting a DWI or DUI can be scary, but it’s important to stay calm as these charges do not guarantee a conviction. It is paramount for the prosecution to prove that a defendant was intoxicated beyond the legal limit while they were operating a vehicle, on land, or otherwise. For this reason, it is equally important for defendants to refrain from saying anything incriminating or, really, saying anything at all. It’s no joke when a police officer states that “you have the right to remain silent.” Admitting, or in some cases even suggesting any wrongdoing can be used as evidence against the defense.
Instead, allow a seasoned lawyer with a successful track record to handle the case for you. Machines and police officers are both known to be prone to error though admittedly in different ways. For example, a breathalyzer can malfunction and a police officer can improperly conduct a field sobriety test. It’s even possible that the very reason the officer stopped a person in the first place could be faulty if they had no legitimate reason to do so under law. In such a case, it must be proven that the officer had probable cause.
Lawyers Can Negotiate on Your Behalf
Beyond poking holes in questionable evidence for the prosecution’s case, a good lawyer may also be able to lessen a sentence if a defendant is found guilty. This is especially true when the defendant is subjected to extraordinary extenuating circumstances. There have also been cases where a sentence has been lightened for other factors, like an exemplary prior record or it is believed that jail time or heavy fines could severely impact the defendant’s dependents. These instances can be used by an expert lawyer to fight for a lesser sentence or even dismiss a case outright.
Don’t Drink and Drive
DWIs are serious business. Even a first offense can carry a fine of $1000 and jail time. More to the point, a DWI conviction can have lasting effects on your ability to find employment, among other serious consequences. But, a great lawyer such as Danny Russell of The Russell Law Firm will fight on your behalf to make sure your case is fairly and competently represented.
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