The first time my son got into some legal trouble, I didn't hire an attorney. I figured that he would just get a slap on the wrist and that he should accept his punishment, and that's what happened. The second time he got into trouble, I had to hire an attorney. I knew that since he had a record, the judge would not be so lenient about his punishment and he could suffer some serious consequences that could haunt him for his entire life. If you have a troubled child, my blog could help you understand the value of hiring an attorney for him or her.
Driving under the influence is a criminal charge that many people will have the misfortune of facing. Being misinformed about these charges can make it difficult to defend yourself against the worst consequences of a conviction. When it comes to facing a DUI, you should have a basic knowledge about a few concerns and questions that first-time defendants may often have.
How Will Your Alcohol Level Be Determined?
After the police pull you over, they will have to perform tests to determine your blood alcohol content. Many people assume that this will only involve taking a field sobriety test. Yet this process is actually far more complicated than that as the police officers will likely administer breathalyzer or blood tests. For those that assume they can simply refuse these tests, it must be noted that most states have laws requiring individuals to submit to these tests or lose their ability to drive.
Should You Admit Guilt If You Fail The Breathalyzer Or Blood Test?
There are some individuals that assume failing chemical testing will mean that they should just confess to driving under the influence. However, you should never make this decision without first consulting with an attorney. While it may be true that you were guilty of driving under the influence, your attorney may be able to negotiate a lesser penalty for you, but this can be compromised if you make this confession.
What Factors Will Influence How Long Your License Is Suspended?
Following a DUI conviction, you will likely have your license suspended. However, the exact amount of time that a person may lose their license can vary greatly from one case to another. Typically, the defendant's previous criminal history and the severity of their impairment will play major roles in determining this time. For example, a person who does not have a history of driving under the influence and who was barely over the legal blood alcohol limit may have a lesser penalty than a person that has repeated convictions for this offense and was far over the limit. Additionally, whether or not an accident occurred may also play a role in these penalties. An example of this may be a person facing manslaughter or vehicular homicide charges for accidentally killing someone while they were driving under the influence. Only an experienced attorney will be able to advise you of the penalties that you may be likely to face, and this knowledge can be invaluable when formulating your response to the charges.
To learn more, contact a professional like Attorney John F Obrien.