The Severity of Dui Charges

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The severity with which a court can look at Dui charges varies from court to court, state to state and also on the circumstances surrounding the charges. As someone who has been charged with a Dui offense may not be aware of how severe the court will consider their particular case, it is well recommended that that person seek legal advice at the earliest possible opportunity. That legal advice should be sought from a professional, specialized lawyer who operates in the area where the charges were made. That means that in the cases of DUI Santa Cruz, a Santa Cruz Dui lawyer should be sought for assistance.

Although many of the Dui charges filed do result in a person being convicted and sentenced in some way or another, a large number of the cases where the accused has sought proper, professional advice, the charges have been dropped or the person has been found not guilty and given no sentence. This is because, in order for any Dui charges to be considered legal, a strict procedure must be followed by the police and if that procedure is not strictly adhered to, the charges are found to be illegal and the case is dropped. Specialist Dui lawyers are aware of all these procedures in the area in which they conduct their business and so they can quickly and efficiently spot instances where the police did not fully follow the correct procedures and in those instances, file for the charges to be dropped and they usually are.

Most of us, as regular citizens are not aware of these strict procedures which have to be followed by the police and so without any proper legal assistance, the charges would be carried through to their conclusion in a court of law. The conclusion will depend on how severe the court takes that particular case and in the instances where a charge was made after a routine traffic stop and the alcohol level was relatively low; the sentence may just be a warning and no more for a first offender. However, if the court takes the case more seriously, perhaps as an accident occurred at the point the charge was made and especially if that accident led to a loss of life or even just bodily injuries, the sentence could be far more severe and even include some time in prison.

Even if you may think that your circumstances should be looked at mildly, the court may disagree and so that is why it is always best to have the legal professional working for you as they will be more adept at convincing the court that your situation is only a minor infringement of the law and so, therefore, can be justifiably given a minor sentence, if any sentence at all. Obviously though, even for the most experienced Dui lawyer, if you have had similar convictions in the past, their task will be a much harder one than if this was your first offense.