The biggest mistake you can make when it comes to a DUI/DWI is letting the legal system “take its course” in determining the outcome of your case. The next biggest mistake is believing the prosecutor will “take it easy” on you since you “weren’t that drunk.”
If you’ve been arrested for a DUI/DWI, you may have received advice from everyone around you. Friends, family, and co-workers often all have conflicting opinions on what “the best thing” to do is. However, the circumstances surrounding each offense are unique. Penalties and options vary depending on the specific facts of your case. Things like your criminal background, the county and city you were arrested in, and other factors are all considered. We’ve all heard the warning commercials with grim threats on what will happen if you drink and drive. Prosecutors often view these cases as “slam dunks” and are happy to prosecute to the full extent of the law. Therefore, hiring an attorney to help mitigate the damages and ensure a fair outcome is crucial.
It is difficult for most drivers to predict how many drinks they can consume before reaching the BAC limit. There are a number of factors that can influence how alcohol affects an individual. The penalties are increased with one or more DUI convictions within a ten-year period. Under those circumstances, it’s critical to hire an attorney to look out for your interests from your first arrest. For example, if you have one prior DUI conviction within the last ten years and your BAC was under .15, you may serve 30 days to one year in jail and 60 days of electronic home monitoring. The judge may fine you up to $2,000.00. If you find yourself charged with a third offense DUI, the charge is a felony. A felony can result in even harsher penalties and fines. Additionally, it might cause you to lose your right to possess firearms.