Driving while intoxicated or under the influence (commonly abbreviated as DWI or DUI respectively) is a common charge in every state. Because it is relatively routine, the consequences are seen by drivers to be equally routine, as though little can be done to change them. Yet there are a huge number of instances in which a DWI charge can and should be challenged. If you have recently found yourself charged with a DWI, take a look below for just a few of the ways a DWI attorney can assist you in challenging or reversing the charge.
Every day, individuals are arrested on charges of driving while under the influence despite having consumed no alcohol at all. How is this possible? Some of the most common reasons include a faulty breathalyzer test or an improperly administered sobriety test. A breathalyzer test, for example, may show high blood alcohol content if the driver has recently taken cough medicine or used mouthwash. The arresting officer may also have made a serious procedural mistake in the course of interacting with the driver. No matter the ultimate reason, an attorney can help to prove that you are in fact innocent of driving while intoxicated.
Not all DWI charges are treated exactly the same way. Many are complicated by the fact that there is extensive damage to the property of a third party, or — in more unfortunate scenarios — major injuries have been suffered. If you have been involved in an accident where either of these is the case, contact an attorney as soon as possible. They can work to show that charges against you should be lessened and that several mitigating factors mean you cannot be completely at fault for damages or injuries. Without the help of an attorney, you are likely stuck accepting whatever charges a judge deems appropriate, and will have no recourse in overturning them.
Avoiding a Felony
In many states, being charged with driving while intoxicated more than once can easily turn a normal misdemeanor into a felony. Not only does a felony often result in a prison sentence, but in many states, it even strips convicted citizens of their right to vote. As such, drivers who have been charged with their second DWI should seriously consider hiring legal representation. In the place of a felony, a defendant's attorney may seek mandatory community service, larger fines, or longer suspension of a driver's license.
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30 November 2022
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