For many, the start of the new year is the time when they wipe the slate clean and start anew. Because of this it is not uncommon for people to undertake new fitness goals or adopt a new financial plan. These good intentions may be placed on the backburner if someone is arrested during the holiday period and accused of drunk driving.
While it is of course possible for a driver to be pulled over and charged with this crime any time of year, for many, the holidays provide more opportunities for this to occur. An increase in gatherings with friends, family and coworkers is behind this.
If you were arrested and charged with DUI it is important to take steps to defend yourself. The failure to do so could lead to criminal penalties including fines and possibly jail time. In addition, depending on what you do for a living, it is possible a conviction could lead to other repercussions as well. For example, your career might be impacted if security clearances or licenses are revoked.
As is the case with any other criminal charge, you have the right to fight such charges and it is not a foregone conclusion that you will be found guilty. Depending on the specifics surrounding your arrest there are multiple defenses that might be used, including the legality of the arrest, the way in which a field sobriety test was administered or legal or technical problems surrounding the stop or arrest. A lawyer can help determine the best course of action based on your specific situation.
We handle cases of this nature. Please see our website to learn more about our criminal defense representation.