When you decided to go out for a night on the town, the last thing you were planning to do was drink. However, while you were out, you ran into an old friend, and throughout the night you both had a little too much to drink.
When it was time to leave, it was already 4 a.m., and the roads seemed deserted. You decided to try to make it home, since it was only a few blocks away. Needless to say, that didn't work out in your favor, and you went off the road as a result of the combination of being slightly impaired and exhausted from a night out with no sleep.
Flash forward to when the cops arrive, and you're left in shock as they arrest you for a DUI. After all, it's been hours since you've had a drink, and you truly believe it's exhaustion that caused you to go off the road. Now, what can you do?
Get a strong defense against DUI charges to protect yourself
In a case like this, it's very important to have a strong legal defense. You may think that the authorities will work out what really happened on their own, but the fact that you had alcohol in your blood and went off the road does not look good for you. However, showing that your BAC was low and that you had been out late could help prove that it wasn't impairment but instead a reckless behavior.
A DUI charge and conviction has the potential to cost you your license and to add up to thousands in fines and fees. Your job may be threatened, and you could be hurt socially, too. On the other hand, if you can get those charges reduced, you may be able to avoid a DUI conviction and have a citation or reckless driving violation instead. Though it's still not the best possible outcome to have a charge remain, a lesser charge is better than a DUI.
Your attorney's job is to look out for your best interests when you face charges, working to reduce or eliminate charges when possible. Be honest when you speak with your attorney, so they know what happened and can work with the truth to negotiate lower penalties or to address violations of your rights. With help, it's a possibility that you could walk away with fewer penalties or have the case dropped completely.