Being convicted of a crime is something you never want to see happen. However, when being convicted of certain serious crimes such as DUIs, you may find that it is much harder to find a job than after you have been convicted of other crimes. For this reason, you'll want to meet with a DUI defense attorney who will help you have your DUI charges dismissed.
A Permanent Record
You are allowed to expunge certain crimes from your records. However, a DUI is one record that you can never expunge and will remain with you for the rest of your life. Many employers have a rule that you must be fired if you have a criminal record. You are even more likely to be fired if you have a DUI in addition to a criminal record and will have a harder time finding another job.
If you had a professional license, such as a law license, you may have your license revoked because having a DUI is a sign of having poor judgment. However, you will usually need to have a habit of committing DUIs to have your license suspended.
Don't Let a DUI Ruin Your Record
If you do not want to have a DUI on your record permanently, you will want to speak with an experienced DUI defense attorney who will be able to craft an argument for why you should not be charged with a DUI.
Procedural Errors Can Lead to Charges Being Dropped
There are several ways that a DUI charge can be dismissed. For example, the officer needs to prove that they had probable cause when arresting you. You might have been exhibiting signs that you were driving erratically or were showing warning signs of someone under the influence of alcohol.
Your attorney might be able to prove that the arresting officer made a procedural error and that this lead to you being wrongfully charged with a DUI. The officer might have used a breathalyzer that was defective. If you requested that the police perform a blood test, they might have used an incorrect procedure when gathering or storing your blood.
How to Dispute the Claims of the Arresting Officer
To dispute the officer's claims, your DUI defense attorney will need to gather evidence and will also need to interview witnesses. If you can gather enough evidence to dispute the claims of the officer, you will be able to have your charges dismissed.