Like any other criminal case, not all DUI cases are the same. Each case will have its own facts, different types of evidence, and different prosecutors pursuing the charges, all of which may have an effect on the outcome of the case. Another factor that may substantially affect the outcome of your case is the way you behave and the choices you make following your arrest. The following are some of the most common mistakes that people make following an arrest under suspicion of DUI.
Failing to take the matter seriously. A DUI conviction is never a minor matter, as it can affect your finances, your job, and more. Having a conviction on your record can cause many issues in the future, especially if you receive any subsequent DUI charges.
Ignoring a court date. If you simply do not show up for court, the matter will not go away. Instead, the court will issue a warrant for your arrest and may suspend your driving privileges. This means the next time you are pulled over, you will likely be arrested and face additional serious charges.
Failing to hire a lawyer. Even if you know you were not drinking and believe you have a slam-dunk case, you must present the right defenses at the right time and support them with evidence, which often requires an attorney’s knowledge of the law and court procedures. If you plan on simply pleading guilty to get the case over with, you will likely receive harsher consequences than if you had a lawyer representing you.
Choosing a lawyer for the wrong reasons. Not every DUI lawyer is equal, as some have more experience and understand DUI cases more thoroughly. Basing your choice of an attorney on the lowest fee or hiring a friend simply because you know them could mean a less favorable outcome in your case.
Failing to request a hearing with the Department of Revenue in time. If you refused a DUI test at the traffic stop, the Department of Revenue will suspend your license. You have only seven days in which to request a hearing to keep your license, otherwise it will remain suspended for a prolonged period of time.
Driving on a suspended license. If your license remains suspended during or after your DUI case, you should not continue driving with the hope you will not get caught. If you do get pulled over, the officer will likely arrest you and then you will face driving under restraint charges in addition to your DUI case.
Accepting the prosecutor’s first offer. Like anyone else, a prosecutor often wants to dispose of a case while exerting the least amount of work possible. For this reason, the first deal offered rarely includes a decent bargain or dismissal. An attorney can negotiate with the prosecutor to get you a better plea deal over the course of your case.
Contact an Experienced Denver DUI Defense Lawyer for Help With Your Case
As you can see, there are several ways that your choices may lead you to a less favorable outcome in your DUI case. For this reason, you should also seek representation from an experienced DUI defense attorney at the Tiftickjian Law Firm who can guide you through the process and make sure all matters are handled adequately. Call our office today to discuss your DUI case at (303) DUI-5280.