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Drunk Driving Defense

What possible defense can you have for Drunk Driving Defense when the police have stopped you and charged you with a DUI? You just blew on the breathalyzer and you are well over the limit. You cannot walk straight and you are slurring your words. Can you get off your charge? Apparently not a lot, but that does not mean that you will not have your charges dropped or at least reduced. A defense attorney must craft the right story for the judge and / or the jury of there is one that will have the effect of minimizing the charges that you will eventually be convicted of.

A Real Life DUI Charge

A neighbor’s daughter has been charged with DUI over the legal limit of .08 which carries a criminal conviction if she is convicted. They have of course hired a lawyer and are now figuring out the best approach to take when her case comes to court. She has no prior convictions that we know of and she has no tickets for speeding or anything like that. She is pretty clean as far as the law is concerned, however she does have a couple of accidents that she has been involved with. None of them to do with drinking while driving.

This time it was a simple random stop of a bunch of kids a car and next thing you know she is charged with DUI and will face license suspension, time in jail and a criminal conviction if something is not done to defend her. She is pretty worried as she should be and her parents are as well in addition to being pretty upset about it. Turns out she was supposed to the designated driver that night and did not live up to her obligations. The kids were lucky they were only stopped and not involved in an accident that could have hurt them badly or worse.

Drunk Driving Defense

Her defense if there is one will focus on minimizing the charges and giving a young adult a chance. No priors and no history of being in any kind of trouble and not even known to the police. A case of bad judgment, perhaps some bad influence from friends, mercy of the court and a promise that this will not occur again might do the trick. This is the core of the story, however the defense lawyer will have to work to bring out these attributes and substantiate them for the court.

Whether the judge will buy this story is any ones guess.  The lawyer will know the right buttons to push with the judge and those they should stay away from. The judge knows this too and some of the decision will depend on how he or she feels that day and whether he or she thinks that this kid needs a strong kick to get moving and follow the law when it comes to drinking and driving.

First DUI Offense

This is a first offense and there is a good chance she will get off with a fine if the lawyer does his job right. She will still needs to pay the lawyer which will be very expensive, probably over $5000 and then there is her dad she has to deal with. She will be lucky to ever drive the family car ever again.

We wish her luck and have a pretty good idea that she will never let this happen again. It will be too bad if she is convicted, since her parents just bought a house in Florida and she will not be able to visit them if she is a convicted criminal. Everyone is very upset for a variety of reasons, none of them are good ones.

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One Response to “Drunk Driving Defense”

  1. I cannot believe how much it cost for a lawyer these days. It cost me upwards of $5000 and I still had to pay fines

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