DUI Charge Attorney in Memphis, TN
DUI charges affect citizens from every walk of life and are very serious charges that will seriously harm your life. Even a first DUI usually results in a one year suspension of your driver’s license, and that often leads to people getting arrested again within that year because they got pulled over while driving to work on a suspended license. It is vitally important for you not to be convicted of a DUI, and there are ways your lawyer can attack the case and possibly avoid a conviction in some cases.
When someone gets pulled over for suspicion of DUI, the police officer will take you to a well-lit flat area to conduct a field sobriety test and then they will ask you to blow into a breathalyzer to determine the blood-alcohol-content of your blood. You are also being recorded on video at all times during these stops, so everything you say and do will be reviewed by the prosecutor, your lawyer, and the court (if you go to trial), so if you act seriously drunk in the video there’s not much hope for a dismissal.
The best strategy is to avoid taking the field sobriety test by refusing to blow into the breathalyzer. As a licensed driver you have already given consent to cooperate with the police in a DUI stop, so you will be charged with violation of the implied consent law for refusing to take a field sobriety test, but at least they won’t have scientific proof as to how drunk you were. However, the police can take your blood without your consent if you have already been convicted of one DUI. They will also automatically seize your car on your second DUI, so the consequences are quite serious for DUI cases and get more serious the more cases you have.
What your lawyer can do for you in a DUI case is review the evidence to make sure the prosecutor has enough proof to convict you and try work out a dismissal or plea to a lesser charge like public intoxication or reckless driving, but you should not count on that happening if you were really drunk in your DUI video. Your lawyer can also help you deal with the consequences of being convicted of a DUI by applying for a restricted driver’s license which allows you to drive to work, school, and church and nowhere else.
Many people wonder “Why do I need a lawyer if I am arrested for DUI in Tennessee?”. They may believe that a DUI arrest is quite straightforward and that there is no point in fighting the conviction. This is a terrible mistake. Chemical tests, blood tests, sobriety tests, probable cause for stopping a vehicle… these can all be challenged by a knowledgeable DUI attorney. By having experienced attorneys at your side, you may avoid many of the harsh penalties that will arise from a conviction:
- Jail time for DUI conviction
- Mandatory alcohol counseling
- Suspended or revoked drivers’ license
- Losing your job when you lose your commercial drivers’ license
- Restricted drivers’ license that limits your freedom
- Installation of a breathalyzer on your vehicle’s starter
- Massive fines and courts costs with lengthy probation periods
- Permanent mark on your criminal record