No one ever wakes up in the morning and decides to commit a DUI offense. This criminal charge is somewhat unique to most illegal conduct because the prosecutor need not prove “Mens Rea” or “specific intent.” A DUI arrest typically follows the exercise of poor judgment, as opposed to a deliberate and conscious decision to violate the law. Alcohol clouds the judgment and the individual simply exercises a poor choice in getting behind the wheel.
You are Going to Get Through this
We counsel clients that a first time DUI offense absent serious injury or death is not a felony or a crime involving untruthfulness or dishonesty. Yet, people charged with a first time DUI offense can often be “hard on themselves.” They regret the conduct that resulted in their arrest. The stress caused by their arrest can weigh heavily on them a result in sleepless nights. Clients who visit our office after a DUI arrest are often hard on themselves. Last year, there were 61,852 arrests for DUI in just the state of Florida. If you were arrested for a DUI, you can see from the statistics, you are certainly not alone. The lawyers in our office have to encourage clients to keep the proper perspective. We remind them that although this is a serious charge, “it is not the end of the world.” Together, we are going to get through this problem.
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North Carolina: 49,599
A DUI Arrest Can Happen to Anybody
Over 1.5 million people are arrested each year for DUI in the United States. This includes many notable people. However it is important to remember that in the overwhelming number of cases, getting arrested for a DUI offense did not serve as an impediment for their success in both their professional and personal lives:
- President George W. Bush
- Vice President Dick Cheney (Twice)
- Tim Allen (Comedian & Television Actor)
- Reese Witherspoon (Actress)
- Charles Barkley (Professional Athlete)
- Diana Ross (Entertainer)
- Sam Donaldson (National News Anchor)
- William Levada (Catholic Cardinal)
- Wynonna Judd (Entertainer)
- Nick Nolte (Actor)
- Tracy Morgan (Twice) (SNL Comedian & Television Host)
- Robbie Knievel (Motorcycle Daredevil)
- Michael Phelps (Twice) (Olympic Athlete)
- Carlton Fisk (Baseball Hall of Famer)
- Bobby Dale Earnhardt (Race Car Driver)
- Crystal Davis (Eastern Kentucky Police Chief)
Taking Steps to Address Your Anxiety
Clients worry if their arrest will appear in the local newspaper. They contemplate the embarrassment they will suffer if their friends or family members learn about the incident. They typically express concern that their DUI could jeopardize their employment, result in a jail sentence or cause their privilege to drive to be suspended. All of this can result in sleepless nights.
If you have been arrested for DUI, you may be experiencing fear, shame or humiliation. It is normal to experience some anxiety. However, you are likely to gain a greater peace of mind by meeting with a qualified DUI Defense lawyer to answer your immediate questions.
You can take advantage of significant insight from a defense lawyer who has first-hand experience with the Pinellas County Criminal Court system. We have an established professional working relationship with the Pinellas prosecutors and will be in a good position to evaluate the chances for a reduction of your DUI charge to the lesser offense of reckless driving. You can inquire who is the judge assigned to your case and learn what to expect. Another way to effectively cope with stress is keeping busy. We can teach you the proactive steps you can take in your effort to save time and money in connection with your DUI charge. We can answer your question as to whether we can keep your driving privilege uninterrupted, as well as, educate you on the topic of hardship licenses.
We have helped thousands of people charged with DUI. Spending time with us at a free consultation could remove some of the weight from your shoulders and enable you to get your life back on track.
Let Your Arrest & Concerns Become Our Responsibility
We invite you to meet with us so that we can learn what goals and objectives are most important to you. Together we can tailor a strategy that is focused on attempting to achieve the best possible outcome according to your individual needs.
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