More than 1.5 million Americans face DWI/DUI charges each year. Most are law-abiding citizens who had a few drinks and are stopped for minor traffic violations. They are often confused by the arrest process and fear they will lose their driver’s license and go to jail.
At Houston & Alexander, PLLC in Chattanooga, our experienced DWI/DUI defense attorneys understand your concerns and fears about drunk driving penalties. If you have been arrested for DWI/DUI in Tennessee or Georgia, we will work closely with you to protect your freedom, your rights, your criminal record, and your license. With our trial experience, we know when to recommend going to trial and when to recommend negotiating with the prosecutor.
Should You Plead Guilty Or Fight The Charges?
A DWI/DUI arrest can be overwhelming. Many people experience feelings of guilt and shame and fear their cases are hopeless. They often want to do whatever is necessary to put the incident behind them as quickly as possible.
Before deciding whether to plead guilty or seek a defense, however, there are things to consider. Remember a DWI/DUI conviction will remain on your criminal record FOREVER. In addition to a criminal record, the costs of a conviction may include:
- Increased automobile insurance costs — at least five years in most cases
- Job opportunity implications — many employers will not hire people with alcohol-related driving convictions
- Restricted driving privileges or NO driving privileges
- Harsher penalties for subsequent convictions
- If you’re a college student, disciplinary action by the school
Placing a monetary value on these factors depends on each person’s particular circumstances. In each case, however, the decision to contest the charges or plead guilty should be reached only after careful analysis of the case as well as the potential consequences of a conviction. Quality, experienced legal counsel is essential when making this decision.
There Are Successful Defenses To DWI/DUI
At your initial consultation, we will review the facts of the case and discuss the costs of a defense. You can then make an informed choice regarding your case. To schedule an appointment, call 423-267-6715 or contact us online.
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