Turn on the T.V. and it’s hard to miss ads targeted to the Happy Hour crowd. Meeting up with friends for appetizers and a couple of drinks on a Friday can be a fun way to relax, especially after a long, stressful, and busy week at work. It’s socially acceptable, it’s encouraged, and it seems relatively harmless. But is it really harmless?
It’s well known that driving after drinking is a risky move and can have tragic consequences. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that each year, thousands of people are killed and injured in accidents involving a driver who had been drinking. In efforts to crack down on drunk driving, drivers may be penalized with driving under the influence. If you have been charged with a DUI, you may feel like you were wrongly accused. If you question your offense at all, it’s a good idea to talk to an experienced DUI defense lawyer to determine whether or not your DUI is worth appealing.
“I Don’t Think I Deserve a DUI”
A DUI offense is nothing to take lightly. It’s a serious offense that can stay on your driving record and even affect your employment if your job depends on a clean driving record. If you feel as if you have been unfairly charged, it’s important to consult with a DUI lawyer who can help you decide if you should challenge your offense.
You may want to consider appealing your DUI if…
- You weren’t legally drunk: You don’t need to have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher to be charged with a DUI. While all states consider driving with a BAC of 0.08 or higher as a criminal offense, you may still be at risk of a DUI. If you weren’t legally drunk, you were charged for additional reasons.
Another consideration: Some drivers, who take prescription drugs with drowsy side effects, have been given a DUI. It’s vital to know how your medication will affect your driving.
Know the Details Behind Your DUI Offense:
In addition to knowing your BAC, it’s important to know why the police officer gave you a DUI. This information is vital when discussing your case:
- Your Driving was “Questionable”: Did the officer say your swerved? Did you fail to yield or stop? If you have had a drink or two and you aren’t an attentive driver, you could be charged with a DUI (even if you aren’t legally drunk). Additionally, if your tail light or some other running light is burned out, you could be pulled over.
- “Failed” the Field Test: If you are pulled over, the officer may ask you to take a field sobriety test. Legal experts will agree that these tests are difficult to pass, as they are designed to be. Even if you aren’t drunk (or even buzzed) you may fail a field sobriety test. Concentration, balance, and focus may be particularly difficult under the stressful circumstance of being pulled over on the side with cars driving by with gawking passengers.
While a DUI offense is meant to keep potentially dangerous drivers off the road, it’s vital to question your charges if you feel like you were wrongly accused and consult an experienced lawyer as soon as you are charged with a DUI.