Sometimes people do not realize how serious drunk driving charges are and how significant the impact can be on their lives. DUI charges can be costly personally, financially and in terms of the accused individual’s freedoms.
Drunk driving charges can lead to steep fines, increases in insurance premiums and the possibility of jail time. In a true sense, an accused individual’s freedom and future can be threatened when they are facing drunk driving charges. Because of how devastating drunk driving charges can be, it is important for accused individuals to know what their options are for fighting the charges against them. Developing a strong criminal defense strategy is a good first step.
A strong criminal defense strategy can help accused individuals minimize the impact of the charges and potential penalties they are facing. A criminal defense strategy is unique to each situation but can be based on challenges to the alleged evidence against the accused individual, the validity of breathalyzer or field sobriety tests, the police version of events or may take into account if police violated any of the accused individual’s rights. Depending on the circumstances, it may be possible to eliminate, or reduce, the potential penalties and consequences the accused individual is facing.
Additionally, it is important to understand that accused individuals must deal with the administrative process, as well as the criminal process, associated with drunk driving charges which can result in license suspension, fines and jail time between the two. Knowing what their options are when facing such serious charges is essential for accused individuals to understand.