Tonight is the night to take a cab. Police will be out looking for drivers who have been drinking tonight in an organized operation. Have a designated driver or spend the $20 on a cab and avoid spending thousands of dollars on a DUI.
If you do get nabbed by law enforcement, make sure you hire an attorney as soon as possible. You only have 10 days to request a formal review hearing at which you can challenge the suspension of your driver’s license.
There are many consequences to a DUI. In addition to your attorney’s fees, you will have to pay fines, fees to the Department of Motor Vehicles, and your auto insurance will skyrocket. Also, DUI cases can never be sealed or expunged, which means they will remain on your record. A judge must convict you even if you plead “no contest”.
Just because you are charged with a DUI does not mean you are guilty. Police officers make mistakes and there may be ways to attack their investigation. There may also be other defenses available to you such as lack of probable cause for the traffic stop, jurisdiction, and the reliability of the breath test machine. Defending a DUI can be very technical and often times more difficult than a serious felony charge. Make sure you hire an attorney who is experienced in defending DUI charges.
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