If you were recently arrested for
driving under the influence (DUI), you may be feeling hopeless. Not only could you be facing the
suspension of your driver's license, but you may even be sentenced to time behind bars if you are convicted.
Fortunately, you are not without options. What you may not realize is
that there are several different ways to fight your DUI charges; however,
the first and most important step is to get in touch with a criminal defense
attorney at Henrickson & Sereebutra. As former prosecutors with
more than 40 years of experience, we know how to win a difficult case.
#1: Failing a Breath or Blood Test is Not the End of Your Case
Most people think that they will automatically be convicted of DUI if they
have taken, and failed, a
breathalyzer or blood test. Although it might make it more difficult to fight your charges if test
results show that your blood alcohol content (BAC) was above the legal
limit, this does not have to be the final nail in your coffin. With the
help of a DUI defense lawyer, you can challenge the validity of a breath
or blood test, or even move to have this evidence suppressed before trial.
Our firm has seen BAC evidence thrown out due to illegal stops, lack of
probable cause, rights violations and much more.
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#2: You Can Fight to Save Your Driver's License
After being arrested for DUI or refusing to participate in a breath or
blood test, your license may be confiscated. However, the
automatic suspension will not go into effect right away. You have the right to challenge the
impending suspension by scheduling an administrative hearing with the
Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) within 10 days of your arrest.
If you fail to request a hearing within this period of time, the suspension
will automatically go into effect. For this reason, it may be in your
best interest to contact an attorney at our firm as soon as you have been
arrested for DUI.
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#3: Field Sobriety Tests are Only 70% Reliable
One of the first things that you may be asked to do after being pulled
over for suspected drunk driving is to participate in a series of
field sobriety tests. Some of these tests may include the one-leg stand, the walk and turn
or the horizontal gaze nystagmus. While all of these tests were validated
by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the 1970s,
it is important to understand that they are not reliable indicators of
alcohol impairment. In fact, studies have shown that they are only accurate
about 70% of the time. For this reason, you are not required to take any
of these tests.
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#4: Accepting a Plea Bargain is Not Your Only Option
If you have been arrested for DUI, the first thing you should do is contact
a criminal defense lawyer. You may be pressured into pleading guilty for
the promise of a lighter sentence, but you should know that this is not
your only option. Even if there is significant evidence against you, you
won't know what you are really up against until you have spoken to
an attorney. We have seen countless DUI cases dismissed, even when our
clients were facing up to 12 months in jail. When you work with Henrickson
& Sereebutra, LLC, we will explain all of your options and help you
make an informed decision.
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