If you’ve been charged with a DUI and employ a lawyer who lacks familiarity with how your local justice system handles DUIs, you could be facing grave and long-lasting consequences.
Skimping on quality legal representation when you’ve been charged with a DUI can cost you thousands of dollars, your driver’s license, and even put you in prison.
What Are The Consequences Of A DUI? Suppose you’re convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI. In that case, your sentence will depend on a few critical factors such as the amount of alcohol in your body, if you caused an accident, if any children were in the car, and if you have any previous DUIs.
If you’re convicted, a judge may attach some or all of these punishments to your sentence:
- Hefty fines
- Licenses suspension
- Community service
- Mandatory alcohol treatment
- Key-lock ignition
- Jail time
To avoid these harsh punishments, you’ll need a great attorney right away.
How Can A Good Lawyer Help Me Win My DUI Case?
Having quality representation during your DUI case will be vital to winning. A seasoned lawyer can investigate if the police officer who stopped you had reason to do so under the constitution.
A good attorney will bring to light if the police officer did have legally sufficient reasonable suspicion or if your arrest was not supported by probable cause. Any evidence collected after the illegal seizure of your vehicle must be suppressed, leading to a verdict of not guilty.
There can also be issues with any in-field tests administered, which your lawyer can bring to light. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has strict guidelines for standardized field sobriety tests, and your lawyer will ensure the police officer followed those. If not, then the tests can be inadmissible.
If the police officer didn’t correctly share your rights with you at the time of arrest, a good lawyer could use that to throw out the case.
What Should I Do If I’ve Been Charged With A DUI?
If you’ve been charged with a DUI, call the Knox Law Center immediately for a free consultation.
North Carolina courts have been issuing harsher sentences to drivers convicted of a DUI, so you want to ensure you have quality representation to help you navigate this critical time.
We offer free consultations to ensure you don’t have to sacrifice quality legal aid when you need it most.
Enlisting poor representation can cost you financially, emotionally and put you behind bars.