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4 mistakes to avoid when charged with a DUI

On Behalf of | Mar 8, 2023 | Criminal Law |

Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and other drugs is an offense in Montana. Anyone with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher, 0.02 or more for drivers under 21 and 0.04 or higher for commercial drivers is legally intoxicated in the state. If your breathalyzer test gives such results, you may be charged with a DUI.

Here are four mistakes to avoid when this happens:

Not taking the case seriously

A DUI conviction can lead to high fines and imprisonment, and the penalties become heavier with the frequency of the offense. Thus, it will be best to take your charge seriously by fighting it. You should obtain adequate information about your case and the needed knowledge to build a strong defense.

Believing you will lose

DUI cases can be defended using different angles, including proving the traffic stop was illegal and challenging the breathalyzer and field sobriety tests. Believing you will lose your case can cost you. You should have courage and defend yourself. Even if the case is not dismissed, penalties can be reduced.

Posting on social media

You may be tempted to post about your case on social media, especially when treated unprofessionally. However, this can work to your disadvantage, as what you say can potentially be used against you. Thus, avoid discussing your case on social media or commenting about other people’s charges.

Driving without a license

One of the consequences of being arrested for a DUI is license suspension. If this happens, you should avoid driving until your case is final. Driving with a suspended license can get you into more trouble.

Mistakes can make your DUI case challenging. It will help to get professional guidance to make the right moves.