Individuals who are arrested for DUI are often ill-prepared to deal with the possible fallout. A DUI arrest and subsequent conviction can be costly in many ways and potentially result in an individual losing the respect of family members and friends as well as his or her drivers’ license. What’s more, a DUI conviction may result in the loss of employment, housing and, in some cases, one’s very freedom. Regardless of the circumstances of a DUI case, there are a number of things those facing these types of serious criminal charges should do and keep in mind.
The law places a heavy burden on the prosecution who must produce sufficient evidence to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that a driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time of arrest. While evidence such as the results of a field sobriety and blood alcohol content test are often believed to be undisputable, errors are routinely made when conducting and processing such tests.
When facing DUI charges, it’s wise to secure legal representation. An attorney who handles DUI matters can answer questions, provide advice and defend a client to help ensure for the best possible outcome. While some may consider the costs associated with hiring an attorney too burdensome, the personal and financial costs associated with a DUI conviction can have many negative and unforeseen implications.
When attempting to deal with DUI charges, it’s wise to take the matter seriously and conduct oneself in an appropriate and professional manner during any court proceedings. This includes answering questions and taking notes during the proceeding and being respectful of all involved parties.
Colorado Springs residents who are facing criminal charges related to DUI or OWI have a lot to lose. However, a criminal defense attorney who handles drunk and drugged driving cases can often aid in the reduction of charges or, in some cases, ensure charges are dropped.
Source: Ground Report, “6 Tips for Recovering After A DUI,” Ravi Kumarr, Feb. 17, 2014