Thomas and Paulk

Drunk Driving

If you’re charged with a DUI, you absolutely need an attorney who handles a high volume of DUI cases. A DUI is a very specific crime to defend. In DUI cases there are three pieces of evidence: there’s your driving, there’s your field sobriety exercises with your physical appearance, and then your breath result.

There are many things that an attorney can do for you to help you keep your license. We also always have the option to contest the suspension of your license with a hearing at the DMV; in order to do that, we have to have filed within 10 days of the date of your arrest, including the date that you were arrested.

If you get caught driving without a license, it’s a new criminal charge. You will be re-arrested and it will violate the conditions for your DUI, either release or if you’re on probation. So, you’ll go to jail. We’re going to request all the police reports, all the video tapes, to find out if everything was done properly in your case and, if it wasn’t, to help point that out to the judge or prosecutor, so that we can find a way to make sure that you do not end up with a DUI on your record.

When I’m representing someone, who maybe had a prior DUI arrest, and I ask them about that DUI arrest and they say, “Well, I didn’t have an attorney, I just went in and pled guilty.” I know from looking back at the case that, at that particular time, there was a problem where a prosecutor wouldn’t have been able to prove that case. But they never knew it because they never took the time to speak to an attorney who specializes in DUIs and in handling DUI cases.

So, because of that, I know that even if you think you don’t have a defense—it’s entirely possible that you do.