I have the benefit of working in not just one jurisdiction but several. In fact I practice in two different states, and I am a former prosecutor. Many attorneys and most people tell you that if you have been arrested for a DUI/OVI you should simply plea no-contest and beg the court for mercy. This is horrible advice and can lead to you facing a minimum of six days in jail. If you would like to avoid the possibility of a minimum jail sentence of six days, depending on your case, you should follow these steps:
Step 1- Contact an experienced DUI Attorney.
An attorney who practices DUI defense as a significant portion of their practice will be able to provide you with the information that you need to make an informed decision. If you blew over a .17, or refused to take a breath test, you are looking at a minimum of six days incarceration. But this does not mean you will go to jail, it is important to talk to someone who is detached and can give you objective advice. Speak to a professional.
Step 2 – Prepare for not being able to drive for 15 to 30 days on a first offense.
Driving is important – it helps us keep our jobs, keep our employment, and keep our families together. It is possible to get your license back before the minimum periods of suspension. You can attack the suspension based on mistakes made by the police officer, but it is a difficult challenge – this is another reason why you need to hire an experienced DUI lawyer.
Step 3 – Prepare for a fight.
If you are serious about defending yourself, and contesting your DUI charge prepare yourself for a fight. Prosecutors who handle these cases are told that they can not reduce them, and that DUI is “bad”. Fortunately, you do not have to rely upon them – you have to be ready to fight and see the case through. It can take months but in the end the results can be worth it.
Call us at (330) 752-6706 for your consultation. I am a former prosecutor, but as an Akron DUI Lawyer I promise that your case will be taken and treated with the level of respect and seriousness that it deserves.