Being pulled over by a police officer and accused of driving while intoxicated can be scary. If you have had even one drink, the officer may smell it on your breath and proceed to have you undergo a coordination test and to breathe into a breathalyzer. While you should do what is asked of you, it is important that you say nothing except to ask for an attorney. The first phone call you make should be to the attorney or someone who will find legal representation for you as soon as possible. Here are a few things the attorney can do for you.
Arrange for Bail
One of the first things your dwi attorney will do is to arrange for you to be released on bail. He or she will do everything possible to keep the bail amount to something that your family can pay. This will allow you to continue with your normal life while awaiting a court date. You may not be able to drive during this time, but at least you will be able to work.
Look for Arguments
If you took a breathalyzer test, your attorney will try to find a way to make the results invalid. The machines used need to be calibrated regularly. If this was not done on a timely basis, or the calibration was off, the results may be thrown out and there will not be enough evidence to convict you.
Have the Charge Reduced
If it is your first conviction, and you have an otherwise clean record, a lawyer may be able to talk with the prosecutor to have the charges reduced to a regular traffic violation. This may result in a simple fine with no jail time and you may be able to keep your driver's license. If you have previous dwi convictions, your lawyer will still work to have the charges reduced or to keep you from serving any time in jail. You may need to plead guilty and surrender your license for a while, or you could be required to attend driving school and/or some type of alcohol counseling.
While you should not take an accusation or conviction of a DWI lightly, having an experienced DWI attorney on your side should keep you from too much stress over the situation. Do not talk to the officer or anyone without your attorney present and do what he or she tells you to do. This will be your best chance at staying out of jail. For more information, contact companies like Pollack & Ball LLC.