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Build a defense to try to reduce the impact of a DUI

DUIs are some of the most frustrating charges to face. If you end up with a conviction, they can have lasting consequences for a mistake that you made only a single time.

The consequences of DUIs extend far past fines and possible time in jail or a substance abuse program. They can lead to:

  • Trouble with your job, and potentially being fired from it
  • The need for an expensive ignition interlock device
  • Higher insurance coverage costs
  • Disagreements in your family
  • Trouble paying bills
  • A loss of financial supports at school, like in college

If you face a DUI, the best thing you can do for yourself is to work with your attorney on building up a defense. No two cases are alike, and there may be things that can be done to minimize the impact of a DUI, even if you are convicted.

Are there alternatives penalties for DUIs?

While you might end up with a DUI, there are sometimes alternative penalties you can choose. For example, a first-time offender might be able to have the charges dropped if they agree to go through a substance abuse treatment program. You should speak with your attorney about any alternatives that may be open to you in your case, especially if this is your first offense.

How can you defend yourself against a DUI charge?

Some things that might help you defend against a DUI charge include:

  • Proving that you have a medical condition that made you appear intoxicated when you were not
  • Showing that the blood alcohol concentration the officer came up with could not have been accurate (for example, by showing the two test results were too different to be accurate)
  • Indicating that the test was performed inappropriately. For instance, if you burp or have indigestion during the test, the officer should wait for the required time period before testing you again.
  • Showing that the results were a false positive due to using alcohol-based mouthwash or other similar items
  • Showing that the traffic stop was illegal

Your attorney can talk to you about other methods for building a defense and helping you have the charges dismissed or reduced. It's important to take the time to build a defense, because being proven guilty is likely to have an impact on your life. Focus on what you can do to reduce the penalties, and you'll see that the DUI may be less likely to impact you in the long term with the right negotiations.

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