Why Do You Need a DUI Lawyer?
There is nothing wrong with having a few drinks after work or on the weekends, and many people here in Wyoming and around the country as a whole like to relax with a cold beer, a glass of wine, or a cocktail. One of the reasons why libations are popular is the fact that people tend to loosen up and feel less shy about interacting socially, and this can be a very positive thing. On the other hand, the relaxed state of mind can sometimes lead to poor decision making, and driving under the influence is one of the worst decisions that any of us can make. Unfortunately, many people fall into this trap. There were over 7100 arrests for driving under the influence in Wyoming in 2015, and given the modest population, this is a very big number.
If you are ever arrested for driving under the influence, your first thought may be that it is a relatively minor offense that you can handle on your own without legal representation. While this is certainly possible, when you become aware of the penalties that can be imposed, you may adopt a different perspective. For the first offense, if you are convicted, you can receive up to six months behind bars. Fines and penalties can add up to as much as $750, and there is a 90 day license suspension. Plus, if your blood alcohol level was .15 percent or above, you would be required to have an ignition interlock device installed into your vehicle. It would measure your blood alcohol content before the car could be started.
As you can see, the stakes are very high if you are facing a driving under the influence charge, and things get much worse if you are facing a second or third offense. The good news is that you are innocent until proven guilty in the United States. If you are charged with driving under the influence in Sheridan, Buffalo or Gillette, Wyoming, our firm will examine the evidence against you, aggressively represent you at trial, or bargain with the prosecutor on your behalf to obtain the most favorable outcome. We are always standing by to help if you would like to discuss a driving under the influence case with our firm, and we can be reached by phone at 307-675-1221.