Being arrested for a DUI can be frightening, confusing, and stressful. For most people, this is the first time they have dealt with the police and the courts.
Fortunately, if this is your first DUI offense, there are some options that may lessen the penalties you're facing. After a DUI arrest, it is important that you consult a Birmingham Criminal Attorney as soon as possible, so you'll know what your options are.
The first step you want to take is to try and get the charge dismissed.
The police officer who pulled you over needed to have probable cause. A police officer can't stop you because they suspect that you were driving under the influence. Without probable cause, the traffic stop may be considered illegal.
All DUI defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty; the prosecution has the burden of proving the case beyond a reasonable doubt. Even a complicated DUI case can be won by an experienced DUI Attorney.
Trial is a great time to beat a DUI. When your attorney questions the police about how they actually performed their investigation compared to how they were supposed to have performed their investigation, the arresting officer may lose credibility if mistakes were made. When a police officer loses credibility, most defendants will usually beat the DUI charge.
You owe it to yourself to have an experienced Birmingham Criminal Defense Attorney examine your arrest details carefully because the penalties for DUI are severe.
In Alabama, if convicted of the first DUI, you may be give a sentence of up to 365 days in jail and a fine between $600 and $2,100, your driver's license may be suspended for 90 days.
If you want to keep your driver's license after being charged with a DUI offense, you will need to fight the charge and you'll need an experienced Birmingham Criminal Attorney to help you. Unlike previous years most DUI defendants are not offered a plea bargain even for a first time DUI offense.
If you've been charged with a DUI, it's important that you speak to an experienced Birmingham Criminal Defense Attorney to discuss your legal options immediately.
Our Birmingham DUI Lawyer offers a free, no-obligation consultation. Fill out our DUI Questionnaire before your appointment, which you can download by clicking here.