17 Oct Have You Been Charged With a DUI?
The second you decide to drive while intoxicated is the second you begin to put yourself and others at risk. Although most people know it isn’t a great idea to get behind the wheel of a car while under the influence, human beings make mistakes, and a DUI is still one of the most common crimes committed in America.
The majority of DUI cases are handled without legal representation, but as with any legal process, it’s always best to have the support of an attorney. A DUI defense lawyer is an expert when it comes to alcohol, and drug-related cases and this expertise can help to get your charges reduced or even have your case dismissed. If your blood alcohol concentration reads close to the legal limit, your attorney might be able to argue that the breathalyzer was incorrect and your DUI charges can be reduced to a reckless driving charge. DUI tests are not infallible and can, in fact, be wrong. You may have been prescribed a cough syrup and experienced dizziness while driving and still be accused of a DUI. If you had alcohol in your system but not an illegal amount, you might be charged with a “wet reckless” driving offense. This sentence does not require jail time, a costly fine, license suspension, or a lengthy DUI program attendance.
A class B Misdemeanor DUI carries a penalty of 72 to 180 days in jail and up to a $2,000 fine. Most first time offenders don’t face jail time and opt out for probation instead. Skipping jail means you’ll probably get to keep your job, but probation is very expensive. Carrying through with a DUI charge without an attorney can end up costing you thousands of dollars and put you in debt, and if you can’t afford to pay for your DUI, say goodbye to your driving privileges for at least a year.
Tammy Karas-Griggs is a DUI defense lawyer with years of experience, a successful approach, and a history of successfully negotiating a dismissal or reduction of DWI and DUI charges without implicating her client’s driving record. If you are looking for an attorney who will do everything in her power to help you recover from a DUI charge, contact Tammy Karas-Griggs today.