Thursday, April 11, 2013

Getting Convicted for a Drunk Driving Charge is no Joke

In the past, drunk driving was treated just like a traffic stop. These days, driving while intoxicated is taken much more seriously and is not tolerated. M.A.D.D. (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and other anti drunk driving organizations have had a major impact on how DUI's are treated. M.A.D.D. played a major role in the decision that congress passed to drop the legal blood alcohol limit from .10 to .08.

Nobody can ever blame the people who dedicate their lives to fight drunk drivers. On March 30, 2013, in Nevada, a California family from Los Angeles lost five family members because of a drunk driver on Interstate 15. The drunk driver crashed into the back of the family van causing it to spin around and overturn. Four adults and one teenage girl were ejected from the van and pronounced deceased at the scene. A woman and a teenage boy survived and left the scene in critical condition. Occurrences like this are the reasons that the law takes DWI charges so seriously. With all of that said, nobody is perfect and we all make mistakes. Making bad decisions is a part of life, and most of us learn from our mistakes. Sometimes, we choose to learn the hard way. Besides hurting other drivers while drinking and driving, a DWI charge can have a major impact on your life. Future career choices that you may want to peruse are jeopardized. A conviction can also be charged as a felony in certain circumstances . Driving a motor vehicle while intoxicated is no joke and should never be taken as something minor.

If you were arrested for drunk driving, it does not necessarily mean that you were guilty of the crime. Most people assume that there is no defense against a DWI charge. They go on ahead and plead guilty to the crime, and accept the conviction. They do not even take the time to view their arrest video with their attorney.

If you have been charged with a DWI, you will want to get legal representation as soon as possible. Getting convicted for drunk driving can have serious consequences such as jail time, expensive fines, probation, community service, revocation of your driver’s license and other severe penalties.

It must be remembered that the prosecution must prove two things. They must prove that you were driving and that you were intoxicated. They carry the burden of proving that you are guilty of the alleged crime. The Martinez Law Firm can represent you with a strong defense strategy. Every case is different, and we will need to know all the details about your case. By hiring an experienced lawyer to represent you in court, you will get the best outcome possible.