If you’ve been charged with driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you may think you have no choice but to wait for a judges’ decision on your case. There’s a lot more to DWI law than you might realize, and you may have options you aren’t aware of. There are specific procedures that police officers and highway patrol must follow in order to establish a case that they can win. If at any time, it is found that the arresting officer has violated your rights, or that they failed to meet a point of procedure- your case may result in a mistrial.
You may feel certain that you have no chance of winning your case. However, an attorney who is trained and experienced in DWI case law will know all the permutations of this area of the law. He or she will know if the arresting officer has failed to pursue your charges correctly, or if there is any other loophole through which you might escape the devastating consequences of a DWI conviction.
Receiving a DWI conviction can cause you to lose your license and even your vehicle. You may be subject to substantial fines and restrictions on your freedom. It may even mean jail time. Such a conviction can follow a person for years, if not forever- making it difficult to secure employment or to qualify for loans. It is not uncommon for those convicted of a DWI to lose their job opportunities and have their lives turned completely upside down.
Consulting a DWI attorney can mean the difference between a lesson learned and significant legal hurdles.