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‘It’s The Law’ by Greg Wilson- ‘Are DUI Charges Worth Fighting?’

There are rules and regulations everywhere you look, and it’s important to be cognizant of the law.  As they say, ‘Ignorance of the law is no excuse’, and a number of laws are important to know and understand.

In this series of articles, we will be discussing some of the laws with which you should probably be familiar, and today we will discuss ‘Are DUI Charges Worth Fighting?’

Being convicted of DUI can result in serious penalties.

Not only is there the obvious possibility of fines, driver’s license suspension and even time behind bars, there are hidden consequences like increased insurance rates.

Nobody wants these penalties, but many people think that DUI charges are not worth fighting, or that they cannot be fought at all.  Before deciding to plead guilty, people should take a very close look at their options.

The Cost Of A DUI Conviction Vs. The Cost Of DUI Defense

All too often, people plead guilty to drunk driving charges because they think that they cannot afford DUI defense.

They think that it is just cheaper to pay the fine and move on.  Unfortunately, they may learn that there are other costs beyond the fine that add up quickly, and they cannot afford those either.

For example, insurance premiums may substantially increase.

There may also be a requirement for DUI classes.  They are not free. Nor is an ignition interlock device, which the convicted party must pay to have installed and maintained.

“But I Blew Over The Legal Limit. How Can I Fight The DUI Charges?”

Regardless of the evidence, you are innocent until proven guilty, even in DUI cases.

The results of breath or blood tests should not be taken at face value.  They may be flawed due to improper maintenance or improper use of the machine.

There may be other issues that are worth exploring as part of a DUI defense strategy as well.

There may be opportunities to fight the charges or, at the very least, seek to have them reduced to something less damaging to your finances and your life.

While the decision is up to you, it is worth taking the time to weigh all of your options before taking a guilty plea in a drunk driving case.

This series is not meant to constitute legal advice, and you should always consult an attorney when in doubt, when making life-changing legal decisions or when accused of a crime.  If you have a suggestion for an article, please submit your idea in email to greg@gregwilsonlaw.net.

Greg Wilson is an attorney practicing law in the greater Panama City, Florida area, with offices in Marianna, Chipley, Bonifay, Blountstown and Panama City.  For more information please call Greg Wilson at 850-600-7088.

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