When you get a traffic ticket or charge of driving under the influence, it can seem that there is no option but to plead guilty, pay the fine, and move on. Surely the effort that would be required to contest the ticket or the charge outweighs the consequences of just accepting the punishment and moving on, right? Not so fast. Never assume that the case is open and shut because it’s usually not, which means that your “guilt” is not a sure thing either.
One of the main reasons to contest a DUI in Georgia is that even with a first time DUI, the penalties are steep, including fines, fees, and driving restrictions, to name a few. Remember, however, that this house is built on a lot of presumptions given to the state and the prosecutor’s office. These are presumptions that you as the accused have the right (and some would even say obligation) to contest. While the stakes are not necessarily as high with a traffic ticket, the house upon which it is built still must be able to withstand the questioning of its foundation. All it takes is one procedural or jurisdictional mistake and the entire house will fall down.
Remember also that contesting a DUI or traffic ticket does not necessarily require a full-blown trial. There are many opportunities before the trial in which an experienced and knowledgeable DUI or traffic attorney can poke some substantial holes in the prosecution’s case. These holes may be enough to convince the prosecutor to dismiss the charges all together, or at least reduce them.
Similarly, never assume that the “air-tight” case put together by the prosecutor is actually air-tight. There are many links in the chain in which a mistake, even a potentially fatal one, can be made. Once that mistake is brought to the attention of the prosecutor, it might be all that is required to get out from underneath the charge or ticket.
Even if you do end up in a trial with a judge or even a jury deciding your fate, it is still extremely beneficial to push back on the prosecutor’s case as much as possible from the very start. At a bare minimum, it can be possible to get certain damning pieces of evidence thrown out by the judge, meaning they are not considered by the judge or the jury in making the final determination of guilt or innocence. Even a small limitation on the prosecutor’s case may be enough to make it difficult for them to secure a guilty verdict. Again, a skilled and experienced attorney can make the difference in this situation.
In the event that the state’s case is truly solid, it still is beneficial to consult with an attorney to see what possible plea deals or other negotiations on punishments can be obtained. It is always a worthwhile investment to have an attorney who practices DUI and traffic law regularly on your side on this trip through the legal system.
The attorneys at Savannah DUI know the system and how to get you through it, no matter what your charge may be. So, if you’re facing DUI charges or a nasty traffic ticket, contact them today and let them help you get the best possible outcome.