DUI Charge. The Myths and Realities

The reason for hiring a skilled attorney is to defend your case, not plea it out in court. Most citizens fail to realize that their right for fair hearing means remaining silent and request a phone call to hire a lawyer. Here are five myths about DUI charges and their realities that people need to understand.

Myth #1: You Must Face All Penalties For DUI Charges If Found Guilty

If you hire the best lawyer(s) for intoxication charges, in most circumstances, they will argue you out of it before the prosecution even finishes building your case. This is not the time to lie about anything concerning your incident. The attorney needs the facts to figure out the best way to prevent going to trial.

Myth #2: You Must Hire The First Attorney You Call

TV series and movies taught us about our right to an attorney, but you do not have to hire the first one you call. Keep in mind that it takes time to finish the paperwork in filing charges and during this time make use of the phone. Call a family member, or (very close) friend, and let them help while you try to stay calm and not look guilty.

Myth #3: Challenging The Charges Means Facing A Full Trial By Jury

Truth is that only a very small percentage of charges end up in a full court with a jury in place. The next type of cases that face trial happen with only the judge and someone who is a
specialist in DUI claims. It is important to hire an attorney with experience in weakening the prosecution because it cost time and taxpayer money to pursue charges.

Myth #4: You Must Cooperative With The Officer

Do not be combative with the officer! Do be cooperative up to a point. That point being when you ask to make a phone call and that you want an attorney. You are not required to do anything or everything any officer asked you to do. It is mandatory to present your driver’s license, vehicle registration papers and proof of automobile insurance.

Myth #5: Penalties For DUI Not As Serious As Being Over Blood Level Limits

DUI is not a term used only for alcohol intoxication. Over-the-counter cough remedies have ingredients that affect breath or blood test. It does not automatically mean you committed the offense of driving under the influence. An experienced DUI attorney can prove that you were taking medication that does not affect your ability to drive.

The most important things to do if pulled over by an officer is stay calm and cooperate with any reasonable request, and remember the realities of the above myths. An experienced attorney is on your side and deserves the full truth to help prevent going to court. Remain silent and let your lawyer do the talking.