Got DUI? Your Life’s Not Over
By: Mary Ann Pekara
Take a deep breath and try to invoke some foresight; your life isn’t over after your DUI charge.
Nonetheless, it is important to take certain actions quickly in an attempt to improve the incident’s aftermath and make certain that this rings true.
One of the first steps can be seeking the services of a DUI attorney who may assess your case and determine the most optimal next move.
Be mindful that a charge doesn’t necessarily promise a conviction.
There may be questionable and weak areas within your case that can be recognized, addressed in court, and taken advantage of by a DUI attorney representing you. However, it is up to you to see that this happens.
Choosing to drive under the influence is obviously illegal, dangerous and met by very serious penalties nationwide.
This fact is universally acknowledged and yet, as statistics show, ignored at an alarming rate.
About three in every ten Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some point in their lives.
On average someone is killed by a drunk driver every 40 minutes.
In 2007 alone, an estimated 12,998 people died in drunk driving related crashes.
Both devastating and highly effective advertising tools, these drunk driving statistics provide food for thought about our population’s casual approach to driving under the influence.
Perhaps knowing what you risk prior to getting behind the wheel anything less than sober can be one of the crime’s preventive measures.
Unfortunately, it isn’t always enough to know that an act is illegal to stop you from committing it; what more so resonates can be precise knowledge of the consequences.
Being convicted of DUI can legally cause harm to many areas of your life.
The consequences include but are not limited to jail time, probation, fines and court costs, drug and alcohol counseling or education, community service, and driver's license suspension or revocation.
For example, in the state of Illinois, those receiving a DUI charge for the first time face several serious penalties including the year-long suspension of a driver’s license.
Additionally, one may face a jail sentence of up to 12 months, 100 hours of community service, and up to $2,500 in fines.
These all have in common their undesirability and time-consuming nature.
They also do not include the overwhelming emotional affects resulting from a DUI conviction to all parties involved.
The DUI Lawyer
A DUI attorney representing your case can attempt to lessen the severity of these penalties as much as possible.
You may find answers to your questions, potential challenges to your charges, or ways by which to plea bargain for a lesser charge and subsequent penalties by consulting with a DUI attorney.
A DUI attorney may provide a rational and professional perspective in a seemingly desperate situation.