Caught Driving Under the Influence: Know Your Rights, Understand the Consequences

18 November 2016
 Categories: Law, Blog


When you have been charged with driving under the influence, you need legal representation. It doesn't matter whether this is your first offense; the consequences for being found guilty of driving while intoxicated can wreak havoc in your daily life. A DUI lawyer will be able to provide you with the defense you need in order for you to get your life back in order. If you are worried about your driver's license, or if you are no longer able to get to work, a lawyer who knows your rights will be able to help. If the prosecution doesn't have a strong case against you, it's time to work with an attorney to get your case dismissed or your consequences reduced.

You Have the Right to Plead Guilty

You don't have to fight your DUI charges. In fact, many people choose to go to court and plead guilty without legal representation when they believe the prosecution is going to win. While you have the right to plead guilty, you should consult with an attorney before you do so. While you may think the evidence against you is strong, this may not be the case at all. 

When You've Refused a Breathalyzer Test

Some drivers refuse to participate in any field sobriety tests when they are pulled over under the suspicion of driving under the influence. While you have a right to do so, driving a car is considered a privilege. When you get your driver's license, you agree that you will perform sobriety tests if you are asked to do so. Failure to participate in a breathalyzer or other sobriety tests usually results in an automatic suspension of your license for a set period of time. It's almost impossible to argue this suspension, although you may be granted the right to drive to get yourself to work.

If You've Been Charged Before

Consequences for driving under the influence vary from state to state. In most states, the penalties for a second conviction for driving under the influence are more severe. When you already have one count against you, it's important to seek legal help. Your second DUI conviction can be more problematic, leading to higher fines and potential incarceration. If your freedom is at risk, or if you are facing a large fine, you need help.

If you are caught driving under the influence, get the legal representation you need from a DUI lawyer before going to court.