Drunk drivers across Alabama can perhaps count themselves lucky during the last two weeks in May, as only seven DUI arrests were made out of the more than 270 violations logged by law enforcement during the “Click It or Ticket” Memorial Day safety campaign.
As a Birmingham DUI defense lawyer for people charged with driving under the influence, I am surprised at this low number of drunk driving arrests, but I also remind people that sobriety checkpoints and other methods of DUI enforcement are used by the police every week somewhere around this state.
In addition to the DUIs, citations were written by local and state police for a number of other offenses. According to reports, these included two dozen license violations, 20 cases of speeding, 50 auto insurance offenses, 30 people driving on a revoked or suspended license, nine arrests for drug use or possession, 10 violations of child restraint laws, and 28 seatbelt usage offenses.
Driving while intoxicated is looked upon very dimly by society and the law, but there is no reason to accept a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. You can fight it in court, and I have defended many people who thought a DUI conviction was a certainty. It's not and you must protect your rights.
Why? Because many times a persuasive prosecutor looking for a fast resolution can convince a person that pleading guilty without a trial is the best avenue. Especially for a first-time DUI offense it might even seem like a good deal. This couldn't further from the truth. A guilty plea doesn't make the charge go away, it only cements it into your record.
The consequences can be severe. For some people their job or standing in the community could be jeopardized as a result of a DUI conviction. If you have a commercial driver's license, it's very possible that you could lose your job. And the monetary penalties are only the first of many costs a person may experience over time. Consider that insurance companies will immediately raise your premiums to levels that may become a burden to you and your family.
These are a few reasons why you need an experienced DUI defense attorney with a successful track record — someone who knows the law and can defend your case well, by investigating the pertinent facts and studying the scientific evidence to create a tough and aggressive defense. If you find yourself charged with a DUI or refusal to submit to a breath test, I highly recommend that you contact a qualified legal professional.
Officers write 274 tickets during blitz, DailyHome.com, June 2, 2009