Crafting Effective Defense Strategies for Your Unique Circumstances
For decades people have been told that the best option when facing DUI charges is to try to ‘plead down’ the charges. This means working with the prosecuting attorney to get a lesser charge or penalty in exchange for a guilty plea. For an attorney, this is by far the easiest option available. In fact, it can often be done by an individual without the assistance of a lawyer at all. This can sound like a good idea to those who assume they have no options and just want to “get it over with” and move on.
The fact is, however, that pleading down in a DUI case is actually a terrible defense strategy. In addition to the immediate penalties that result, having a DUI on your record can potentially haunt you for the rest of your life, and you owe it to yourself to do everything you can to limit the damage. Fighting the DUI with an aggressive and effective strategy can, and usually does, offer much better results. Crafting this type of defense takes a lot more work and a great deal of experience on the part of the attorney, but in the end, it is almost always in the best interests of accused.
Due to public opinion about drunk drivers, the courts are starting to impose stronger penalties on first-time DUI offenders. There are, however, still a wide range of different defense options available to help people defend against their first DUI. Our attorneys will look at the details of the case, and make an effective argument to show the judge or jury why a guilty verdict is not in the court’s best interests, the community’s best interests, or your best interest. Click here to learn more about first-time DUI defense strategies.
If you have already been arrested and convicted of one or more DUIs in the past, the courts will take that into account during the trial. This introduces new difficulties in the case, and potentially much harsher penalties, but it does not mean that you are automatically going to be found guilty. Every case is unique and nothing is guaranteed. We will work with you to identify potential problems in the prosecutor’s case to help you achieve the best possible outcome based on your circumstances. As with all our DUI cases, we’ll create a unique strategy based on the facts to help defend our clients. To learn more about defense options for clients with one or more DUIs in their past, click here.
If you are under the age of 21 and charged with a DUI, or you have an underage child who has been charged with a DUI, there is obviously a great deal at stake. These types of cases will involve their own unique set of rules and potential penalties different from those involved in a DUI for someone 21 or older. Developing a defense strategy that will result in an acquittal or mitigate the long-term impact of a conviction is essential for youths facing the damaging prospect of a DUI on their record. There are many unique factors that go into a legal argument for underage clients, and we’ll make sure to evaluate every option possible to get the desired results. Learn more about underage DUI defense strategies by clicking here.
While DUIs can have devastating consequences for anyone who faces them, nowhere is this truer than for those who hold commercial driver’s licenses. Most employers will not hire someone with a DUI on their record for a driving job, and many will fire employees in these roles should they be convicted of a DUI. Additionally, penalties and restrictions regarding alcohol consumption while operating a commercial vehicle are much stiffer. However, the added impact of a guilty verdict for these types of clients can also open up new and effective defense strategies. Learn more about them by clicking here.
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If you or a loved one is facing a DUI charge, we are here to help and provide you with a customized plan of attack. We offer a free consultation to all new clients where we can go over your case and talk with you about all your options. To schedule this consultation, please contact us right away. Remember, time is of the essence when facing DUI charges, so reach out to us today.