A dinner party with friends, a cocktail party to celebrate a promotion, a wedding celebration, a graduation party, are all examples of get-togethers that can end in DUI despite the best of intentions. For instance, if you have a glass of wine at dinner, you can be pulled over for DUI, whether or not you actually register as being legally intoxicated. If you appear to be intoxicated, the law enforcement officer who pulled you over can place you under arrest for DUI. These types of arrests, and those following a BAC/BAL register of .08 or above, happen far more frequently than you might think.
Local law enforcement officers hide around corners, behind buildings and at stoplights waiting for one wrong move – one justifiable reason to pull you over. Once they are at your vehicle, whether they pulled you over for swerving or failing to come to a complete stop at a stop-sign, they can initiate a DUI arrest given your appearance, response to questions and/or performance on physical sobriety tests.
Unlike many other forms of criminal activity, driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs/medications (DUI) usually does not involve a conscious effort on the part of the driver to willfully engage in criminal activity. We know that most criminal cases, if they can be successfully prosecuted, involve intent to hurt, steal, damage or destroy, etc. Unlike so many other types of criminal cases, the typical individual accused of or charged with DUI has no other criminal history and is otherwise a productive member of society, whose actions were not representative of their personality and were not carried-out with the intention of harming anyone or anything.
Nevertheless, because the state government has increasingly been imposing stricter penalties for the offense of DUI, coupled with the driver’s license implications of being arrested for, charged with and/or convicted of DUI, its is absolutely imperative that you seek the representation of a DUI attorney with extensive experience working within the confines of the criminal justice system in your county.
The time to contact an experienced DUI defense attorney is not once your trial date is nearing; you should contact us for a free consultation immediately after being released from jail or after being arrested for DUI. As we know, you can legally drive for the first ten days following your arrest! Your traffic citation for DUI states that unless your license was already suspended prior to your arrest, this citation shall serve as a temporary driver’s license and will expire on midnight on the tenth day following the date of your arrest. The “10 day” clock begins ticking on the day of your arrest, not the day of your release from jail (which could be the next day).
Losing your license can be a serious inconvenience; it can make it impossible for you to commute to work, to go grocery shopping, to pick your child up from school, etc. You must take action with the first ten (10) days following your arrest in order to protect your ability to obtain a temporary driver’s license and exercise a challenge to the suspension of your driver’s license.