We sometimes hear that a DUI results only in a slap on the wrist. Anyone who has been arrested for driving under the influence knows otherwise.
A DUI generally results in a loss of license, probation and, on some occasions, jail time. Most Courts have standard sentencing provisions for DUIs. Often times the client’s guilt is obvious and what’s most important is to make sure the client gets the least punishment the Court allows for the offense.
As your attorney, I will be familiar with the Judge’s policies with respect to DUI sentencing and make sure that you are fairly treated. If there are issues as to whether impairment existed, whether a search was proper or other related legal issues, we will address them and make sure that every available defense is presented to the Court.
Often times a valid defense will result in the State Attorney and the Court agreeing to reduce charges from driving under the influence to reckless driving, which saves the client the blemish of having a DUI on his or her record. This is most important if, unfortunately, another DUI occurs because repeat offenses are treated far more seriously.