What to Do – and Not to Do – in the Hours, Days and Weeks That Follow
Being arrested on suspicion of DUI can be a disorienting and traumatic experience. If you’re not prepared for it, there’s a good chance that you could do or say something that increases the situation’s legal and financial risk. Fortunately, there’s a “right” way to approach a DUI arrest as well. If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, follow these tried-and-true steps.
Contact an Experienced Lawyer
The first step you should take in the wake of a DUI arrest is to contact an experienced lawyer who understands Wisconsin DUI law. An attorney can examine the specific circumstances surrounding your case and determine how best to proceed. It’s important to note that he or she may not always tell you what you want to hear: In some cases, the options for fighting DUI charges are relatively narrow. On the other hand, working with a lawyer almost always boosts the likelihood of securing the best possible outcome in your case.
Request an Administrative Hearing
Although the rules may vary by jurisdiction, it’s usually prudent to request an administrative hearing for your charges. A hearing could have several advantages for your case. It also offers the best chance for your lawyer to cross-examine the arresting officer and other law enforcement staff.
Determine Whether the BAC Reading Is Faulty
Although blood alcohol content tests are more reliable than field breath analysis tests, they’re still subject to human and mechanical error. A seasoned attorney can inject substantial doubt into the circumstances surrounding such a test. Fruitful lines of argument may include:
• Poor or inaccurate calibration of the testing machine
• Mechanical defects in testing equipment
• Gaps in the chain of custody for blood samples
• Poor storage of blood samples
• Lack of proof of intoxication
Explore Your Options for Sentence Mitigation
Even if your blood content test is determined to be accurate, you may be able to reduce your sentence by consenting to rehabilitation, ignition interlock usage and other practices. Your attorney can outline the options that apply in your specific situation.
Find a Drunk Driving and DUI Attorney in Neenah and Appleton, WI
No matter how well you understand Wisconsin’s criminal code or know your rights after being arrested on suspicion of DUI, an experienced lawyer can boost your chances of fighting your charges and mitigating the personal and professional damage. We’ve represented hundreds of clients accused of DUI and stand ready to do the same in your case. To learn more about what we can do for you or to schedule a no-obligation consultation, call us at (920) 720-0000 or fill out our online contact form.