If you were charged with a DUI, you may be thinking about hiring a DUI attorney or a criminal defense attorney to assist with your case. Both attorneys can help defend you against the charges and help to get the charges possibly dismissed or reduced. However, in some situations, it is more critical that you hire an attorney to defend you than others. Here are three situations in which you will want to ensure you work with an attorney and the reasons why.
There are several things people can do to defend against a DUI charge, and one that some choose to do is to claim to have a medical condition that only made it appear as if they were drunk or negatively influenced the results of blood alcohol testing. While this can be effective in some cases, more often than not it will backfire. Here's why that is and some better options for handling a DUI charge.
Some people swear that they cannot begin a day without drinking a cup of coffee. That first cup of coffee often leads to more cups of coffee throughout the day. Coffee connoisseurs say that coffee keeps them going as they begin their activities of daily living. However, coffee contains caffeine, which is a drug. While it is rare, you can potentially be charged by an officer for driving while intoxicated with caffeine being the culprit.
One of the frequently-spotted features of summer driving is the DUI checkpoint -- which may scare you, even if you aren't driving while intoxicated. After all, you never know if the police officer stopping you will sniff out the beer you had with dinner and start a more in-depth investigation. So how do you handle a DUI checkpoint? Can you just turn around? Here's what you should know. Police aren't usually looking solely for intoxicated drivers.
For those arrested on criminal charges, your attorney will be an outstanding source of guidance and information during the time leading up to the trial. At some point, before you have been formally sentenced, you may find yourself the recipient of an offer from the district attorney's office. This offer from "the state" will specify that you are pleading to a certain offense for a reduced sentence. This means you will move immediately to the sentencing phase and skip the trial altogether.
After I was accused of committing crime that I knew I wasn't guilty of, I realized that there were a few things I needed to take care of, and fast. For starters, I needed to focus on fighting for my reputation by working with a criminal attorney. I started looking around for a great lawyer who was qualified to take my case, and I was able to find a professional that I really felt comfortable with. They had a ton of experience and a commitment to keeping me happy, and within a few short months I was proven innocent. This blog is all about fighting for what you know is right.