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How to Keep Your License after a DUI Citation

May 26, 2008
Even though a simple decision to refrain from driving when intoxicated can keep you out of DUI entanglements, a lot of people find themselves wishing they knew more about DUI laws when they are pulled over and arrested for drinking and driving.

Being arrested doesn't necessarily mean you have to be convicted of the crime though. After all, in our justice system, every person is innocent until proven guilty. Unfortunately, you usually only have a couple days after your citation to appeal for a court hearing. If that grace period passed without an appeal, no amount of complaining will get you a trial date or prevent your license from being suspended.

If you do appeal for a hearing in time, the next step is to locate an experienced DUI lawyer. You will want a lawyer on your side not only because they are more familiar with litigation than the average person on the street, but also because they should know DUI laws inside out. And, since those laws can be confusing and different from state to state, that will be a valuable asset.

A DUI lawyer will also know the best ways to create reasonable doubt in the minds of jurors. No matter what kind of evidence is brought against you, a good lawyer should be able to find areas where your defense can be built.

For example, there are four kinds of evidence that prosecutors usually bring to the fore in DUI cases and a lawyer can combat each type of evidence. The four categories of evidence are physical appearance, driving behavior, the alcohol content in your body and your performance on sobriety tests. A DUI lawyer may point out that fatigue, allergies, or exposure to smoke were the factors that created your red-rimmed watery eyes instead of alcohol. Or he might argue that you swerved a little on the road because you were dodging an animal in the road or fiddling with the radio. He may even contend with the results of a breath or blood test by pointing to equipment and human inaccuracies that could have skewed the results.

No matter which method you lawyer chooses to build your defense, he will be a useful resource in a U.S. court. When you are looking for a good DUI lawyer, you should remember that DUI laws are called by several different names across the country. Consequently, a DWI, OUI, and an OWI lawyer is the same thing as a DUI lawyer. They just go by different names.
About the Author
If you want to find a lawyer who knows the DUI laws in your state, just visit http://1800duilaws.com/forms/statesduilaws.asp. This website can connect defendants across the country with a lawyer in their area and an overview of DUI laws in every state. The author, Art Gib, is a freelance writer.
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