What to Do If You’ve Been Charged With DUI Or DWI
A DUI in Tennessee or in any other state is a serious offense. It can have a negative impact on your job, family, and privilege to excursion. Hiring an experienced DUI attorney will have a major impact on how your DUI is resolved. A experienced DUI attorney that has several years of Criminal and DUI defense experience in the state where you were charged should manager your DUI case with aggressive skill while making sure that your rights are upheld.
1) What is a DUI?
In Tennessee, and most other states an individual may not excursion or be in control of a means if the blood alcohol content is .08 or more. It takes very little to unprotected to a blood-alcohol level in violation of law.
Depending on the jurisdiction, this criminal offense may also be referred to as driving while intoxicated ( DWI ), driving while impaired (also DWI), operating a motor means while intoxicated (OWI) or operating
a motor means while intoxicated (OMVI).
DUI charges are usually based on a person’s BAC or blood alcohol concentration and may be determined by the administering of a breath, blood or urine test (which is usually conducted if drugs are suspected).
2) Should I take the breath test?
If you have had no alcohol, the test will prove you have not surpassed the state limits. If you question how much alcohol you have consumed, the breath test may prove disappointing for you. Because of the accuracy of the machines, they are presumed to be accurate and .08 blood alcohol level will get you arrested. You may choose not to blow. Understand that failing to take the breath test as requested by an officer with probable cause, may suspend your license for a period of one year.
DRUNK DRIVING IS A MINOR CRIME.
Maybe 20 or 30 years ago DUI charges were minor offenses. Many veteran attorneys remember the days when drunk-driving charges only carried a slap on the wrist, and fines of $50.00 to $150.00, with no loss of driving privileges. In fact it was a simple walk down to the courthouse paying a small fine and letting the estimate reprimand you for a short while. However, those days are long gone!
Now with stricter DUI laws you need a lawyer who will represent your interests to the fullest extent of the law. A drunk driving charge could cost you your ability to excursion, and not to mention land you in jail. So, the answer is drunk-driving charges are very serious charges and you shouldn’t take them lightly.
What May Happen if You are Pulled Over
Here is a likely scenario if you are pulled over and you’ve been drinking:
When the officer approaches the car he or she asks will probably ask for your license and registration and then ask “Have you been drinking tonight?”
The police officer(s) may then ask you to step out of your means and perform one of several field sobriety tests or FST’s. These are quick exercises for you, the driver, intended to indicate whether you are in fact intoxicated. This may include simple responsibilities such as tipping your head back and touching your nose, reciting the alphabet or following a pen with your eyes. All of these examples are very difficult to perform while you are drunk, making them a favorite tool for police officers to use.
If an FST is not performed, the officer(s) is likely to perform a chemical test, which can more precisely indicate sobriety or insobriety. A breathalyzer may be used at the initial traffic stop, or you may be taken back to the stop for a blood or urine test.
THE WORST THING YOU CAN DO IS WHAT TOO MANY PEOPLE DO – DELAY OR DO NOTHING!
Way too many people have told me they wished they had acted sooner before important evidence was lost that could have proved fatal in their case. I have encountered many people who decided not to retain a experienced DUI lawyer for one reason or another. However, only to find themselves years later wishing they would have gotten sound advice. It’s unfortunate but TRUE!
Please don’t let this happen to you. If you’re in a situation where you don’t know what to do and you can’t seem to figure things out, then that’s more of a reason to call an experienced DUI attorney that understands that you have a lot of questions and concerns on your mind because having a DUI on your long-lasting criminal history will ultimately affect your life in one-way or another. However, not doing anything at all won’t change your situation.