No one wants to face a DUI charge yet people face this charge every day. At Law Office of Michael L. Fell we have found that many people believe myths about how to best defend themselves. Read on to see if you believe any of them to be true and then contact us at (949) 585-9055 if you would like a free legal consultation.
Myth: Only Guilty People Are Arrested for DUIs
False. Police officers are not perfect and they make mistakes, just as anyone else does. It is entirely possible and it does happen that an innocent person is arrested for DUI. They might be on a medication that gives a false positive to a breathalyzer, they might appear intoxicated due to allergies or many other reasons.
Myth: A Drunk Driving Charge is Not Serious
A first DUI is charged as a misdemeanor but it is one of the most serious misdemeanors a person can face. Depending on the specifics of the stop and the DUI, the penalties could include up to a year in jail. This is a serious charge that requires the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Myth: If You Failed a Breathalyzer You Should Plead Guilty
Not necessarily. Breathalyzers are not perfect. One common example is diabetics, who can have alcohol-like compounds in their breath that could give a false positive for alcohol. Other health conditions can have similar effects. Remember as well that even if you were intoxicated, if the arrest was not made correctly then the evidence against you might be deemed inadmissible and the charges could be dropped.
Myth: There is No Point Talking to an Attorney if You Are Going to Plead Guilty
Once again, this is not true. The fact of the matter is that we could be able to discover evidence that gives you the possibility to fight the charges. Even if you do end up pleading guilty, a criminal defense attorney will be better able to negotiate the best possible plea deal.
Myth: All Defense Attorneys Can Handle DUI Cases
Many people assume that because DUI cases are so common, they are simple and do not require complex handling. This is false. They are very complicated and they require the right defense strategy to give you the best options. You need an attorney who has experience with the technical evidence involved, such as breathalyzer results. In fact, no matter what charge you are facing, it is always best to choose an attorney with experience in the specific charge you are facing.
If you are in legal trouble then we encourage you to contact Law Office of Michael L. Fell at (949) 585-9055 now for a free legal consultation.