Imagine for a moment that you are out celebrating a new job or a birthday with friends on a Friday night. You have a few drinks as part of the evening, and when it comes time to leave, you insist that you are okay to drive. You truly mean that, and you don’t feel drunk — but that doesn’t mean that your blood has an alcohol level that is acceptable by legal standards. So you drive your friends home thinking all is well.
But then red and blue lights start flashing in your rearview mirror, and within minutes you are in handcuffs because the police officer suspects you are driving under the influence of alcohol.
This happens a lot; every day, all across the country. Good people who mean well make an unfortunate mistake and get caught driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.09 or 0.10. That doesn’t excuse their decision, but many of these people then deal with a lifetime of consequences for their one mistake. Insurance costs skyrocket. Their job prospects dry up because employers may not want to hire someone with a criminal record. And they struggle to find a new place to live for the same reason.
We haven’t even mentioned the legal consequences of a DUI yet. You could spend time in jail, spend years on probation and your license will be revoked. All of this costs time and money, and can severely impact a person’s ability to live, let alone have a dramatic impact on their psyche.
No matter who you are and no matter the circumstances, if you are accused of a drunk driving offense, you need to defend yourself. Given everything outlined above, a DUI case is simply too important to not take seriously.