O’Connor Law Blog

February 6, 2012

Facing DUI Charges? Hire a Kansas City DUI Lawyer to Properly Represent You

Filed under: Criminal Defense — admin @ 9:21 pm

Are you a victim of an overly zealous justice system? Unfortunately, tougher drunk driving laws have meant that even innocent people now face an overly zealous court system that simply wants to see them convicted of something they didn’t do. If you are one of those people, you need a Kansas City DUI lawyer to properly represent you so that you can avoid having a permanent black mark on your driving record. If the charges are severe enough, you could be facing not just loss of points to your license, but fines, license suspension, or even jail time.

It is of course a very good thing that drunk driving laws have become tougher, but it’s also caught perfectly capable and coherent drivers off guard. Because the law simply cannot take a chance on someone driving under the influence, the message is clear:  If you drink at all and drive, you may be charged with drunk driving. If that happens to you, don’t wait; contact a Kansas City DUI lawyer as soon as you can so that your rights are protected right from the start.

That kind of vigilance is all well and good, but what if you haven’t been drinking at all, or perhaps have literally had a sip of wine with dinner? If you are inadvertently pulled over for something and you are suddenly suspected of drunk driving because of the smell of alcohol on your breath, you will be subject to a series of field tests that will determine your level of sobriety. You may also be given a Breathalyzer test. While you should certainly cooperate with these tests, be careful. Don’t talk to the police or other law enforcement once you’ve been given your right to remain silent. Instead, invoke your right to remain silent and contact a Kansas City personal injury lawyer as soon as you can.

He or she will help you through the process of being charged with driving under the influence, but you have to stay silent in order to make his or her job as easy and effective as possible. If you talk, you could inadvertently say something that would make you appear guilty even if you are actually innocent. And remember, anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law, so you must be careful. Make sure you hire a Kansas City DUI attorney right away, as soon as you know you are facing those charges. Doing so will help protect your rights so that you don’t have to face permanent consequences for something you are not guilty of.

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