Beating a DUI charge is no easy task, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. There are plenty of ways to challenge a drunk driving charge, you just need to know which options work best for you. Today, we discuss some ways you can challenge your DUI charge.
The Beginning Stages
If you get pulled over and you’ve had a few drinks, the time to start planning your defense begins immediately. Put yourself in a good position to beat the charge by refusing to answer any questions in regards to how much you’ve had to drink. For example, if the cop asks you how much you’ve had to drink, don’t say “Only a few beers.” Instead, ask the cop if they’d like to see your license, or simply reply “I will comply with your requests but I’m not going to answer that question without consulting with my attorney.”
During the rest of your interaction, do your best to be polite and non-memorable. The arresting cop will need to recite his account of the incident from memory during court, and it will help your case if you make it harder for him to remember certain aspects of the traffic stop.
After The Arrest
After you’ve been arrested for DUI, the best way to position yourself to fight the charge is to hire an attorney. Not only will they be able to get you out of holding, but they’ll be able look at your case from all angles. They’ll start by hearing your side of the story, talking to any witnesses, reviewing the police report and dashcam video before developing a plan of action. They’ll walk you through the likely outcomes and share their personal opinion of how they think the case will likely play out.
Moving Forward With The Case
Moving forward with the case, you can go in one of three options. Challenge the case, consider a plea deal or plead guilty. Considering this blog is about getting out of a DUI charge, we’ll skip over the pleading guilty section.
If your lawyer thinks you have a fair shot at beating the charge, you’ll want to hire him and make a plan. Your lawyer will tell you what else he needs from you, and you’ll discuss how much communication you’ll have between each party (remember, the more correspondence, the more expensive your bill will be). Set clear expectations, and let your attorney go to war for you.
The plea deal is the other option to consider. Now, plea deals come in many forms, and although the deal means you’ll be pleading guilty to some type of charge, it’s preferred to going to court and losing. Depending on what’s important to you, you may be able to plead guilty to a lesser charge of reckless or inattentive driving if you are willing to go to a rehab course, speak to troubled teens and stick to a probation plan. A lot of factors can be considered during a plea deal, so don’t dismiss the option. That said, if the prosecutor is really willing to make a deal or your attorney thinks you have a great chance of beating the charge, it’s probably worth it to take you case to trial.