Saco DUI Lawyer
DMV Hearings and License Suspension
Frequently, the trouble in a DUI case is not that the evidence against you is overwhelmingly in the favor of law enforcement; it is that the attorney who represents you does not use or is not trained on the correct strategy to raise doubt as to your guilt, or effectively challenge DUI evidence. Additionally, if you were arrested on a DWI or OUI charges such as a first offense, a commercial or underage DUI or an out of state offense, a less experienced lawyer could miss vital evidence that could lead to a case dismissal. The Law Office of William T. Bly has been successful in a multitude of cases from DUI and drugs, drunk driving and high breath test situations to DWI with accidents and injury, aggravated DWI and ones in which a blood draw was performed. Part of the key to getting a favorable resolution to a DUI case, from multiple DUI up to vehicular manslaughter, is to take fully analyze the evidence, and then act quickly.
When you were arrested for DUI, your license was suspended by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, also known as the DMV or Department of Motor Vehicles. This driver's license suspension goes into effect immediately and you will not even be able to drive to seek the help of a determined Saco DUI attorney. If you do not request a DMV hearing to contest your driving privileges being taken away, the term of your suspension will be 90 days or up to 6 years in some cases. If you drive during this time and are picked up by law enforcement, it is charged as a separate crime which comes with a mandatory jail sentence. This DMV hearing is a wholly separate legal action from your criminal case. We know how to get your hearing requested on time and can represent you at the hearing.
In some cases, a suspension can be lifted. With certain cases, we can assist you to obtain a work-restricted license. What may be most important, however, is that we use this hearing to aggressively question the arresting officer on his testimony, both what he did and what he observed. We can also view the evidence that will be used in your criminal case. Both of these actions can be of great benefit to your defense but in order to take advantage of this hearing we must be involved in your case as soon as possible. In response to the increase in the boating population in Saco over the last 10 plus years, our services also extend to those charged with BUI offenses.
Contesting Blood and Breath Tests
After your arrest, your criminal case will also move quickly. The next action after being booked will be a hearing in which the judge will decide if the evidence against you is sufficient to bring your case to trial. When we are involved early enough in the DUI process, it may be possible to get the charges against you dismissed. When this is not possible, it is vital that any constitutional challenges are made by your attorney and that a trial by jury is requested. If this is not done within 21 days of you being arraigned, your case could go off the rails.
DUI penalties can be very tough on those who are convicted. Felony DUI, vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene, child endangerment and other aggravated circumstances can make the situation even worse. Fines and court costs, time spent in jail or prison, a permanent criminal record, license suspension, mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device and others can all be consequences of being found guilty on DUI charges.
The District Attorney knows this and one of the mistakes that can be made is to be heavily pressured and then accept a prosecutor's first offer and plead guilty to your DUI charges. In most cases, this initial proposition is not the best deal that is possible. If you agree to this offer, it will result in you no longer being able to present your case, have a jury trial, raise the constitutional matters that need to be brought up and you waive your right to consult with an attorney. The prosecution no longer has to prove your guilt. You will no longer be able to fight the charges against you.
We successfully presented a DUI defense case in court with many of our clients by challenging the results of field sobriety tests, blood tests or breath tests. In some cases, an unlawful police stop can render the evidence against you invalid and inadmissible. You won't know what sort of resolution can be obtained in your case if determined legal actions are not taken. We want you to have the opportunity to pursue a favorable conclusion. Call our firm today.
Once you have been arrested for DUI, it is vital to immediately contact a Saco DUI lawyer to work for the preservation of your rights and the opportunity to fight the charges.