Why You Should Fight a DUI Charge
Posted By Evan E. Zelig || Mar 21, 2017
Many people who have been arrested and charged with driving under the influence feel compelled to simply plead guilty and get it over with. Since they have been caught and the police have the evidence to support it, they surely can’t win their case, right? Wrong. Those who have been accused of DUI should absolutely fight back with the assistance of a Santa Rosa DUI attorney. The negative consequences of a guilty plea or a conviction can be potentially life-changing, so you should do everything in your power to defend yourself in your hearing. Let’s take a look at three reasons to do so now.
Background checks have become an integral part of getting a job, and a DUI charge will appear on this history. It’s not uncommon for someone to be disqualified for a position as a result of a criminal conviction on their record, especially if the job will involve driving somehow. Even if the job has nothing to do with driving, the negative stigma that comes with a DUI conviction can unfairly deny you the future you deserve. Therefore, you should absolutely fight back and try to prevent this charge from going on your record.
Do you like having the ability to get behind the wheel and drive whatever car you would like? Then you should fight back against your DUI charges. A DUI conviction means a judge could require you to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle you may drive for a year or longer. This may not seem like much, but you lose the ability to do things like drive a friend to the hospital in their car, rent a vehicle, and more.
Furthermore, a DUI could result in some pretty harsh temporary license restrictions. Those who have had their license suspended and then been granted a restricted license may only drive to and from work and their alcohol education classes, and nowhere else. Want to maintain your freedoms? Fight back against your DUI charges!
The Evidence May Not Be Valid
DUI is such a commonly-occurring crime that you’d think collecting evidence and presenting it in court would be perfected to a clockwork-like process by now. However, what many people don’t realize is the evidence against you may not be valid. Law enforcement frequently makes a number of errors, such as failing to calibrate the blood or breathalyzer test, arresting you without probable cause, and more. This is crucial because any evidence that is improperly obtained or invalid can be thrown out, thus meaning your prosecution will have no case against you, and your charges will likely be dropped with no ramifications. Even if you don’t think you stand a chance, you should still allow an attorney to review the facts of your case; you may not know the options you have available to you that can help you avoid the consequences.
If you are facing DUI charges, the Law Offices of Evan E. Zelig, P.C. are ready and willing to fight on your behalf. Attorney Evan E. Zelig has handled numerous DUI cases with a long and substantial record of successes. As a former Deputy District Attorney, Mr. Zelig has a detailed insider knowledge in the mindset of a prosecutor, and can use that to tailor his defense strategies to give your case the maximum chance of success.Ready to start fighting back against your DUI charges? Call the Law Offices of Evan E. Zelig today at (707) 418-5352 for a free initial case evaluation!