DUI Lawyer FAQ
Do You Know How to Beat a DUI?
It can be one of your worst nightmares when behind the wheel.
You’ve had a few drinks, yet you feel you’re still well enough to make it home. Before you get there, however, you see the flashing lights in your rearview mirror. Before you know it, you are being accused of Driving under the Influence (DUI).
The mere accusation is not enough to rile many individuals, an accusation that could ultimately lead to charges (Blood Alcohol Content level of .08% or greater indicates that a driver is operating the vehicle under the influence) perhaps even a conviction.
If you’re in this predicament, getting in touch with a Rhode Island criminal defense attorney is an immediate need.
When you reach out to a criminal defense attorney in Rhode Island, he or she can not only answer any and all questions you have, but start putting your defense together immediately.
Among the likely FAQ:
- Am I required to take a breathalyzer test or any other field tests? – According to Rhode Island law, driving a vehicle puts you under what is known as the implied consent law. This means you are providing consent to a chemical blood alcohol content test. If you choose not to, you can be susceptible to temporary loss of your driver’s license (typically 6 months, fines, completing drunk driving school, community service etc.
- What if I fail a field sobriety test? – There may be a number of reasons you fail such a test. Medical issues (including vertigo, seizures, chronic knee or back pain etc.), short-term memory problems, being on medication at the time of your stop etc. Be sure to share any and all of these with your criminal defense attorney.
- Can I win my case if law enforcement made one or more mistakes? – In the event any field sobriety tests are improperly administered let your legal team know at once. One mistake could be the difference between a guilty conviction and having the charges dropped.
- Is there a way to not lose my license? – Yes there is a way to not lose your license. If you have a Rhode Island license, you may be eligible for a hardship license and/or a interlock license. This works differently for a refusal and a DUI. The Law Offices of Stefanie Murphy has had many clients who were charged with a DUI and/or refusal who did not lose their license either because the case was dismissed or the court granted a hardship license.
Given how one DUI conviction can change both your personal and professional lives for many years, get the right Rhode Island attorney to back you up.