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Should I fight a first-time DUI charge?

Criminal charges of any kind can lead to serious consequences, and if you have been charged with drunk driving, you may be wondering how or if you should fight back. Minimizing the consequences of a DUI is more than simply paying a fine and moving on with life, but it involves qualified experience with the criminal justice system and South Carolina drunk driving laws.

If it is your first offense, you do not have to allow a one-time mistake to change the course of your life. You have the right to confront these charges with the help of an experienced attorney, and it may be possible to protect your right to drive and mitigate some of the other penalties that could affect your life.

The elements of a strong defense

Even a first-time DUI offense comes with serious potential penalties if convicted. From expensive fines to jail time, you cannot afford to take these charges lightly. An experienced lawyer can challenge any of the following elements to strengthen your defense and help you pursue the best possible outcome to your case:

  • The validity of the traffic stop
  • Accuracy of Breathalyzer test results
  • Results of any field sobriety tests
  • The handling of evidence by law enforcement
  • Law enforcement's interpretation of any evidence

If there was a violation of your rights in any way, or there are problems with any of the evidence brought by the prosecution, it may be possible to have the charges against you dismissed. Your lawyer can carefully evaluate the evidence and determine what is possible according to the details of your case.

Identifying the legal options available to you is only possible after careful evaluation of the case. Conviction is not the only choice, but you may work with your attorney to determine how it is possible to mitigate the penalties you are facing.

Protect your interests and your right to drive

If charged with a DUI, your right to drive is at stake. In addition to other penalties, the loss of your license will negatively impact your personal and professional life, and it is important to take quick action to challenge the suspension and preserve your right to drive. Do not underestimate the serious nature of a first-time DUI, but confront these charges appropriately by seeking a full explanation of your legal options.

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