Driving under the influence is a serious crime which will be punished accordingly if you are officially found guilty and convicted of DUI. However, drinking and driving is not always the same as driving under the influence. In fact, some arrests are made for persons who have been suspected of driving while intoxicated even though their blood alcohol content (BAC) does not reflect percentages beyond the legal limit (.08%). In these cases, the assistance of a Chicago DUI attorney will provide defendants with defense tactics and legal knowledge that could help them escape an unfair conviction.
Some individuals who have been arrested for DUI shy away from hiring an attorney. For some, the cost of legal defense is off-putting; others may believe that their innocence is enough to get them by. However, both are mistakes. Although the services provided by legal representation do cost money, the fees in no way counter the fines that will be owed should you be found guilty of drinking and driving. It is also unwise to rely on your innocence during the case proceedings of a drunk driving charge. Regardless of whether or not you are innocent, prosecutors, judges, and jurors alike are primed to convict. Therefore, choosing to forego legal counsel could severely hinder your chances of a reduced or dropped sentence.
The skillful methods used by defense attorneys are ones that have often been honed over many years of experience within the legal field. As such, the tactics employed are ones that are geared toward challenging field sobriety tests and BAC levels; proving that a police stop was unfounded or unlawful; and preventing license suspension. None of these are easy tasks. However, all of them are within the capabilities of a DUI professional who has experience in matters such as those listed above.
If you have been arrested for DUI in the Windy City, then you should not wait to contact a Chicago DUI lawyer from The Law Offices of Howard J. Wise & Associates. For over a decade, we have represented individuals in the city who are in need of sound legal defense in the wake of a DUI arrest. For many of our clients, the reduced charges they received under our representation would have been full-fledged convictions without our help. Our success comes from years of solid dedication and unyielding legal defense even in the face of a challenge. As former prosecutors, we have seen the other side and we know what's at stake if you choose to tackle your DUI charges without the sound defense of a professional attorney.
Don't second-guess your need for legal support in your DUI case. The help of an attorney could a make a world of difference, and you don't want to miss your opportunity for reduced or dropped charges simply because you were without legal representation. Call our firm today to learn more.