A Drunk Driving Attorney in Fresno Explains How a Lawyer Can Help You With a DUI

Jan 06, 2016

It is common to see news reports of incidents in which drivers are charged with driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). Because of the relative ubiquity of these offenses compared to others, many drivers charged may believe that defending themselves is comparatively simple. However, consulting with an attorney can be beneficial in many ways.

First, state laws regarding DUIs are complex. States vary widely in the severity of the laws for first, second, and third time offenders. Fines can be as low as several hundred dollars or range to the thousands for a first-time offense. Other penalties, such as revocations or license or installation of devices that affect your car's ignition, may also be levied. A conviction may go on your record forever, or it may last a decade. Your license may be suspended or revoked. Jail time may be required. An attorney is experienced in the laws of your state, and will know how to defend and counsel you.

Second, it is possible to bargain a DUI down to a lesser offense. If a lesser offense becomes the charge, it will affect you. If the charge can be plead down to reckless driving, for example, you are likely to pay less in fines and to avoid any jail time. Some states have what is known as a "wet reckless" charge, which means reckless driving in which alcohol has been involved in some way.

Third, in some instances, the results of tests such as the blood alcohol content (BAC) level may not be fully conclusive. If that occurs, an attorney may be able to contest the charge on that basis.

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Category: DUI Defense

Michael Mitchell

Michael Mitchell is a Fresno attorney who practices in the areas of DUI, personal injury & criminal law. Visit his Google+ profile.

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Michael E. Mitchell, at the Mitchell Law Group, Inc., is one of the top DUI defense attorneys in Fresno, California. He has over a decade of experience handling DUI cases throughout the Central Valley, including in Clovis, Madera, Tulare, Visalia. He is a certified field sobriety instructor and practitioner under the standards of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and is a member of the California DUI Lawyers Association. His advice and knowledge is, routinely, sought after by other attorneys practicing in the area of DUI defense. He is an expert in the area of DUI defense in both Federal, State, and on the Appellate level. If your looking for the best DUI Lawyer in Fresno to handle your case, give us a call today to see how we can put our knowledge to work for you.