The importance of taking action after a DUI arrest
When it comes to drinking and driving, the vast majority of people know when they have consumed far too much alcohol, and need to either call a cab or catch a ride with a sober driver.
Problems more often arise, however, in those situations where people go to a party, dinner or after-work function, and consume multiple alcoholic drinks over the course of several hours. Here, the person might feel a slight buzz as they prepare to leave, but nevertheless feel confident that they are still well below the legal limit and therefore safe to drive.
Problems arise, however, when the person sees flashing lights in their rearview mirror on their way home. Suddenly, they find themselves in the back of a squad car under arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence after failing a battery of field sobriety tests or blowing higher than .08 on the breathalyzer test.
In these scenarios, it’s important not to become complacent. That’s because a DUI conviction can have very serious consequences. For instance, you face the possibility of steep fines and jail time. Furthermore, you could also see your driver’s license suspended and the loss of a spotless criminal record, something that could affect future employment and educational opportunities.
While all of this might seem rather frightening, it’s important to remember that you do have options. For instance, you should strongly consider contacting an experienced legal professional as soon as possible. Together, you can evaluate your situation and form a plan of action for both the criminal hearing and the administrative hearing.
More significantly, a skilled legal professional can examine the unique circumstances of your DUI arrest and determine such vital issues as whether there was probable cause to stop you in the first place, whether the field sobriety tests were properly administered and whether the breath test was accurate.
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