Should I plead guilty?
Even if the evidence is stacked against you, it is still better to plead not guilty. This allows you the right to challenge more than the question of whether you were drinking or not. Your rights could have been violated. Your DUI lawyer will help you make this decision.
What should I say?
If the arresting officer reads your Miranda rights they will state, “You have the right to remain silent.” This is good advice. Give the officer any identifying information he requests, do the breath test or blood test and that is all. Any questions asked afterward should come from your DUI lawyer.
How reliable are BAC tests?
A BAC test is an accurate test of the alcohol content in a person’s system. The results can be very damning. The breathalyzer test; however, does have a history of being incorrect as it is subject to human error, yet it is required by law in all 50 states and admissible in court.
Who can represent me?
You may defend yourself, but perhaps you will be heading into court not knowing what to do. The issue you face is that you have admitted full guilt and need to accept the maximum penalties. You could accept a court-appointed lawyer but chances are they will lack the time to effectively help your case and you have to meet the eligibility requirements for court-appointed counsel. The best chance you have in fighting your case is to hire an experienced DUI lawyer.
How will these charges against me be challenged?
Your DUI lawyers will have certain strategies they will want to employ. They include the validity of the breathalyzer test, any witnesses to the accident, the actions of the arresting officer (it is possible that some action or inaction by the officer has broken your legal rights).
DUI charges are not open and shut cases. With time and the proper legal assistance you will be able to present a defense.