First-time DUI offenders: Some prosecutors and police will attempt to persuade first-time DUI offenders to just “plead guilty and get over it.” They may suggest that the fines and jail sentences for first-time offenders are low, and it will keep you from the expense of hiring an attorney and going to trial. Before you plead, talk to us. The consequences of a first-time DUI offense are light compared to the penalties for a multiple-DUI offense, but that does not mean these penalties are not serious. Fines, mandatory jail time, license suspension, and other consequences can be imposed on you even if this is your first DUI offense.
Felony DUI offenders: For those who have had DUI convictions in the past, the situation may appear grim. You are looking at least a month or more in jail and perhaps a prison sentence along with thousands of dollars in fines. An experienced DUI defense attorney can help you by not only challenging the evidence of your present DUI but also examining your prior record.
Breath-test DUI: Some drivers give up fighting their DUI case because there is a “breath test” showing an alcohol concentration over the legal limit. But these breath tests are prone to error, sometimes showing an alcohol concentration much higher than is accurate. You need an experienced DUI defense attorney who knows about the limitations of breath tests and how to challenge them in court.
Chemical-test DUI: If a breath test is not available, or if you are suspected of having drugs in your system, you may have been asked to submit to a blood test or urine test. These tests may seem like irrefutable evidence of intoxication, but like breath tests these tests do not always produce accurate results. If a chemical test was administered improperly (such as a blood draw taken by a person not authorized to draw blood for DUI testing purposes), you may be able to have the test thrown out.