Every DUI case is unique. Much like snowflakes, no two are identical. There are many factors that must be considered before a judgment can be passed upon the accused. That is what our constitutional rights are all about! In other words, there’s no such thing as a “cookie cutter approach” when defending someone accused of DUI.
If you were to have a consultation with one of our DUI defense attorneys, we’d want to learn the following about your DUI case:
- Are you 21 or older?
- Do you have any prior DUI convictions? If so, when?
- What was your blood alcohol concentration (BAC)?
- Was there a child in the vehicle at the time of your arrest?
- Are you a commercial driver?
- Was there property damage?
- Was anyone injured or killed?
- What was the reason for the initial traffic stop?
- Were you driving with valid auto insurance?
- Have you requested a DMV hearing yet?
- Are you a non-U.S. citizen?
The answers to these questions are critical, and will determine the best defense strategy. What you say and do from here on out, can also impact the outcome of your case.
What Mistakes Should I Avoid Making?
A defendant must consider their actions following a DUI arrest and how they will impact the final ruling. While some individuals think that only the actual events of the DUI arrest will affect their case, this is not true. Some mistakes made after the arrest and while the case is pending in the courts can land you behind bars and facing more severe fines.
Avoid these common mistakes during your case:
- Not realizing the true consequences of a DUI.
- Failing to appear for a court date.
- Believing you can represent yourself.
- Drinking alcohol while your DUI case is pending.
- Hiring an attorney who only “dabbles” in DUI defense.
- Driving a friend’s car while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Not filing a hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles.
- Driving after your license is suspended for a DUI.
- Automatically pleading guilty to DUI without considering your defenses or a plea deal.
DUI convictions are serious and life-changing, so treating a DUI as an insignificant matter can land a defendant behind bars, resulting in a license suspension, fines, probation, community service, AA classes, and mandatory enrollment in DUI School among other penalties.
Anyone who has been arrested for DUI should secure an experienced DUI attorney immediately following an arrest. Attorney Landry, Orange County’s “DUI Queen” can work to ensure that an aggressive defense is built and the consequences of your DUI arrest are minimized as much as possible.