If you are stopped by a police officer because you are driving erratically, there’s a big chance he suspects you are driving while intoxicated. DUI (Driving Under the Influence) is a serious criminal offense in all states. Every day, roughly 30 people die in vehicular accidents involving an intoxicated driver. In 2011, approximately 1.2 million drivers were arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This is the reason why state laws on DUI are rigid. However, being arrested doesn’t always mean you are convicted.
Conviction is probable if:
- You forgot to take note of the details regarding the arrest, losing valuable information that could help you later on
- You skip town thinking the felony would go away and the law will not find you
- Your lawyer is not familiar with the laws of the state where you were apprehended
- You waited too long before you hired an attorney
Being pulled over on the suspicion of DWAI (Driving While Ability Impaired) is trouble enough; being arrested for it out-of-state is double the trouble. If you find yourself in this situation, the first thing to do is get yourself represented by a local lawyer who knows the state laws. A good defense lawyer who has handled DUI cases successfully can help you with this problem.