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5 Common Misconceptions About DUI Charges

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Milwaukee County DUI/OWI defense attorneyA DUI charge can be frightening. If you have been arrested for DUI/OWI, you may be unsure of your rights and how to proceed. By educating yourself on some of the most common misconceptions about DUI charges, you can gain a better understanding of how drunk driving charges work and what your legal options may be. Here is a brief list of five of the most common misconceptions about DUI charges: 

1. If I Am Charged With a DUI, I Am Automatically Guilty. 

Fortunately, a DUI charge and a DUI conviction are not the same. By seeking experienced legal representation for your DUI charge, you may be able to get your charges reduced or have your case dismissed. A lawyer can search for flaws in the prosecutor’s case which may improve your situation. 

2. A DUI Is a Minor Offense.

Sadly, many people do not take DUI charges seriously. Regardless of whether you have been charged for the first time or this is your second or third charge, understand that a DUI charge may lead to a conviction, which can take away your driving rights, put you in jail, and leave you with hefty fines.

3. My Blood Alcohol Content Cannot Be Challenged.

Police officers look at a driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) in order to determine whether they are under the influence of alcohol. Sometimes, the blood alcohol test a driver takes leads to inaccurate results because of human error, faulty equipment, or specific medical conditions. An attorney can help you understand whether the results of a test can be challenged and how doing so can help your case.

4. A DUI Is Similar to a Traffic Ticket.

Drivers who get arrested for a DUI may believe that they simply received a traffic ticket. The truth is that unlike the majority of other traffic offenses, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a criminal offense that may lead to a variety of serious consequences and a permanent criminal record.

5. DUI Lawyers Are Not Worth the Price.

Some people try to represent themselves in a DUI case because they do not want to pay an attorney. These people probably do not realize that without the help of a lawyer, they may be unable to avoid paying thousands of dollars in fines, driver’s license reinstatement fees, SR-22 insurance payments, the cost of an ignition interlock device, and a variety of other charges. 

Contact a Milwaukee County DUI Defense Lawyer Today

If you have been arrested for DUI, you should contact the experienced Delafield DUI defense attorneys at Bucher Law Group, LLC. We can help you understand your best options for building a strong defense strategy, and we will work with you to minimize the consequences of DUI/OWI charges on your freedom and future. Call us today at 262-303-4916 to arrange a free consultation. 

Sources:

https://www.motorists.org/issues/dui/myths/ 

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