It is not hard to get information in today’s cyber world. A well worded search online will quickly lead you to story after story about whatever topic you are researching, and the information you find can be helpful. But before you rely on a magazine article or newspaper report, it can be beneficial to confirm your findings with a professional. This is especially true if you are looking for tips on what happens if you are involved in a legal proceeding. While the law does allow you to represent yourself, there are a lot of pitfalls to taking this approach. Nearly every type of legal case has a certain process that must be followed, and if you are unaware of the local rules and procedures you can end up hurting your case more than you are helping yourself.
With a DUI case, it is likely the information you can get your hands on easily will focus on three main topics. In order to know what you need to do, here are three things to know about DUI defense:
- Breath tests: most DUI arrests are the product of a breath test result that shows the driver was operating the car while over the legal limit. Unfortunately, many drivers believe these results are conclusive and cannot be challenged. However, that is not the case. It is not uncommon for breath test results to be wrong, and many factors should be considered when you are looking at your results. It is a good idea to question the testing procedure, investigate whether the machine was working properly, and ask whether the person administering the test has been properly trained to do so.
- Entering a plea: many cases are resolved by agreeing to enter a certain plea, in exchange for going on probation. This sounds scary to a lot of people; because they are not sure they can comply with the terms of probation. But depending on what is negotiated on your behalf, you might be surprised. Most cases can be negotiated to terms you can live with, as long as you are willing to put forth a little effort.
- The range of punishment: depending on whether you are first time offender or this is a subsequent DUI, the range of punishment will vary. Most first time offenders are not punished with the maximum possible, which is good news.
When you have some basic information about how to defend a DUI case, you can make a choice that works for you. Let us help you understand the charges against you, and come up with a defense strategy that makes sense.
If you have questions about DUI defense, call our office for answers. Call an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. Your first visit is a free initial consultation.