When driving, the last thing you want to see is police lights in your rearview mirror. If this happens, it goes without saying that you need to pull to the side of the road in an attempt to better understand what's going on.
Unfortunately, depending on the circumstances, you could find yourself in trouble with the law. For example, if you have been drinking and driving, the officer may want to check your blood alcohol content (BAC) level to see if it's above the legal limit of .08.
A DUI charge is serious, as a conviction can lead to consequences such as a large fine, jail time, community service, damage to your personal reputation and professional implications.
Just because you are charged with DUI does not mean you will be convicted. There are many things to look into, such as:
- Illegal search and seizure
- Illegal stop
- Blood and breath test inaccuracies
- Illegal questioning
In other words, you shouldn't assume there is nothing you can do to clear your name and put your case in the past.
At our law firm, we know that people make the mistake of drinking and driving. We also know that police officers make mistakes as well, such as illegally stopping someone.
If you find yourself facing a DUI charge, don't hesitate to learn more about your legal rights and how you will move through the court system. The information you collect will help you devise a strategy for moving forward. This will give you the confidence you need to implement the right strategy with the idea of preventing a conviction.