Have you been charged with Driving While Impaired or Driving Under the Influence, either while driving a car, boat, or other vehicle? Are you trying to get your privilege to drive back after being charged with one of these crimes?
If you have been arrested on DWI/DUI charges for the first time or for repeat violations, contact your full service local legal team. These charges are more than simply a traffic violation. A conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol could have serious consequences, including a criminal record, heavy fine, and driver's license suspension. Penalties for repeat violations are tougher still. Further, if you have received a citation for DWI/DUI there are two components which must be resolved:
- An administrative hearing involving your driving privileges. Your driver's license may be suspended or revoked, depending on factors such as whether you consented to a breath test and whether it is a first or repeat offense.
- A criminal matter that may result in fines and penalties, jail time and a permanent criminal record.
A DUI/DWI arrest is an urgent situation that calls for experienced legal counsel and representation. Did you know you could:
- Challenge the traffic stop: did the law enforcement agent have sufficient probable cause to stop you while you were operating a motor vehicle?
- Challenge of the sobriety test: did the field sobriety test and/or breathalyzer results determine conclusively that your blood alcohol content was above the legal threshold?
- Challenge of the charges through plea bargaining.
- Challenge of the sentence: aggressive legal representation may result in a reduced sentence even if the evidence is strong that you were driving while under the influence of alcohol.
- Even if an officer has reasonable suspicion to pull you over and correctly administers a field sobriety test, the breathalyzer used to measure blood alcohol content (BAC) may not be functioning correctly. Our attorneys consult equipment technicians to determine if the breathalyzer used in your arrest was calibrated correctly or had a history of maintenance problems and false-positive readings.
After your arrest, your lawyer will be interested in answers to questions such as:
- Did the law enforcement agent properly inform you of your rights?
- Did you take the breath test? Was the Breathalyzer/Intoxilyzer properly calibrated? Are the test results reliable? Was the officer properly licensed and certified to use the machine?
- Was any other field sobriety test administered to you, such as "walk the line" or "count backward"?
- Was this a first or repeat DWI/DUI charge?
- Were there other complicating factors such as a traffic accident fatality or a suspended driver's license?
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