Choosing to get behind the wheel after having one too many drinks is not the brightest idea. That becomes even more obvious when a police officer pulls over the individual and conducts the necessary tests to confirm that the alcohol level exceeds the legal limit. Even though there is no question that the client made a serious error in judgment, all drunk drivers should seek legal counsel. Here are some of the reasons why obtaining advice from a lawyer is essential.
Going Over the Specifics
While there is no doubt that the client should not have been driving, the lawyer has an obligation to ensure that the arrest was conducted in compliance with current laws. For this reason, it pays to have a legal professional to go over everything that happened from the second the car was pulled over until the individual was released on bond. If anything was not done following protocol, that may be grounds for getting the charges dismissed or, at least, to go a little easier on the client.
Preparing the Defense
When the client is clearly guilty and the arrest was done strictly by the book, the focus will be on providing the best possible defense for the client. Lawyers who represent drunk drivers understand the importance of introducing the past record of the client into the proceedings. Pointing out that the client has not had so much as a parking ticket in the last decade could have some impact on the outcome of the case. While some sort of punitive measure will still be employed by the court, the lawyer could give the judge sound reasons for applying the lightest sentence possible.
For anyone who made the mistake of driving while under the influence, call the team at Dulaney Lauer Thomas, LLP today. Arrange to meet with a lawyer and bring along any information that has some bearing on the situation. Together, lawyer and client can go over the details and determine the most practical way to ensure the outcome of the hearing is fair and that the rights of the client are protected at all times.