Everyone knows you shouldn't drink and drive, or more generally, drive while impaired. Yet DUI and DWI are relatively common offenses, the types of crimes committed at all levels of society.
For this reason, it is a good idea to know a few things about handling a charge in advance of it happening. Of course, no one plans to get pulled over for DUI or charged with a crime, but why not be prepared for the worst just in case? Arm yourself with important basic information.
Common Questions About DUI/DWI
It's a free country and you can do more or less what you want. But if you're driving, that is a privilege and it comes with certain obligations. Among them is implied consent to taking the breath test and failure to do so will have consequences.
Not all DUIs are created equal. A first offense that results in no accidents is likely to be charged as a misdemeanor. But if you have a child in the car, you may face additional charges.
There are almost as many lawyering styles as there are lawyers, so it's hard to know who to choose. When you're charged with a crime, you need to find the right lawyer for your case. Read about how to find one that suits your taste and will work for you.
If you cannot afford counsel and you're charged with a crime that subjects you to incarceration, like DUI, then you are entitled to a public defender. These attorneys have heavy caseloads and not a lot of time to coddle clients, but they have more experience in the trenches than the vast majority of defense lawyers and, as a result, can sometimes provide exceptional representation.
If you have been accused of DUI, you will have lots of questions for counsel. Make a list of the most important things you need your lawyer to address ... starting with the fate of your driver's license while the case awaits resolution to the worst possible consequences if you are convicted.
If you have been charged with DUI or any other crime, don't delay to speak to a lawyer. Many criminal defense attorneys consult for free or a minimal fee and will be happy to discuss your case.