Criminal Defense Lawyers
Lawyers NOW has experienced criminal defense lawyers you can trust to help you through a difficult situation.
If you are accused of committing a crime, you need a criminal defense lawyer who focuses on criminal defense law. The consequences are too great to trust your life and future to just any attorney. Every criminal charge, whether a misdemeanor or felony, is a very serious offense. A conviction could lead to a permanent arrest record that could impact the rest of your life.
Hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney will ensure that your rights are protected and that someone is looking out for your interests in court. The criminal defense lawyers on Lawyers NOW will outline your legal options and then construct an aggressive and effective defense on your behalf. While each case is unique, the primary goal of the criminal defense attorneys on Lawyers NOW is to get your case dismissed or reduced.
The experienced criminal defense lawyers on Lawyers NOW are here to help you with your criminal defense charge.
The criminal act of driving a motorized vehicle while impaired or drunk is called driving under the influence (DUI) in most states. Other common terms include driving while impaired or intoxicated (DWI), operating a vehicle impaired (OVI), operating under the influence (OUI) and operating while intoxicated (OWI).
The offenses are similar in that a motorist must be in physical control of a vehicle with a blood alcohol content at or above the legal threshold set by the state. That is usually a 0.08% BAC. Contrary to popular belief, a motorist can be arrested with a BAC below 0.08%. A law enforcement officer simply needs to suspect a motorist is impaired by alcohol or drugs to a point of not being able to operate a vehicle in a safe manner.
The laws regarding penalties for DUI/DWI vary state by state, making it critical to hire an attorney with specialized experience in impaired or drunk driving defense. A conviction for driving under the influence can lead to jail, fines, supervised probation, loss of driver’s license, and in some cases, the mandatory completion of an alcohol assessment and the required installation of an ignition interlock device. The legal consequences typically increase if there are additional alcohol related offenses on one’s record.
One of the more long-term impacts of being found guilty of DUI/DWI is having an arrest record. Such information can be detected with a background check and lead to difficulties with a current employer, limits on future job opportunities, a damaged credit score and even restrictions on traveling to some countries.
The criminal defense lawyers at Lawyers NOW are trained to challenge the prosecution and police in an effort to help you get the best possible disposition of your case. Time is often a critical factor in a successful DUI defense, so you are encouraged to act quickly.