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, and penalties and options vary depending on the specific facts of your case, your criminal background, the county and city you were arrested in, and other factors. 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 if allowed, which is why 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 since a number of factors can influence how alcohol affects an individual. The penalties are increased with one or more DUI convictions within a ten-year period, making it 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 are charged with a third offense DUI, the charge is a felony, which can result in even harsher penalties and fines – and even cause you to lose your right to possess firearms.
A Drunk Driving Attorney Can Help
The process of navigating through a DUI or DWI charge can be complicated and emotional. If convicted, DUI and DWI offenses can result in the loss of your driver’s license, large fines, and in some situations, jail time. The stigma associated with a DUI conviction may affect not only you but also your spouse and children. For many people, it affects their careers and education. With much at stake, it is crucial to have an experienced lawyer who will work to protect your rights and your record. You need a DUI lawyer who has the experience to notice mistakes made by the police and prosecutors in your case. Our attorneys have handled hundreds of DUI/DWI cases.
An attorney can also help you explore the various constitutional protections and police procedures that should be followed in all cases, and a police or lab violation can be grounds for challenging a DUI charge. For example, some cases may be defended on the grounds that the police did not have probable cause to stop you. Others may be defended on the basis that a field sobriety test was improperly administered. While you may be tempted to get the case over with quickly by simply entering a guilty plea, you should, at a minimum, speak to an attorney before pleading guilty to determine whether the charge can be challenged and explore what options are available. An attorney can also assist with convincing the prosecution to give you a plea bargain. By speaking with an attorney, you will be fully informed on how the charge may affect you down the road and feel confident you made the best decision on how to handle the charge.
Choosing the Right DUI Attorney in Sioux Falls
At Crew & Crew, P.C., we understand that a DUI/DWI charge can happen to anyone, even individuals who rarely consume alcohol, and it should not define your future. We also understand that you may have a busy schedule or live out of town. We are happy to work with your schedule and can arrange telephonic appointments if necessary. Court proceedings are generally scheduled by the courts without your input. If these dates do not work with your schedule or attending would be difficult, we can request continuances or seek to waive your appearance for initial arraignments and status hearings.
In addition to DUI/DWI charges, we can assist with other alcohol-related offenses such as impaired driving accidents, injuries to others, underage violations, and other license suspension disputes.