If you have been charged with a DUI and/or refusal to submit to a breath test, you need to immediately talk to a well-qualified and experienced defense lawyer. My name is Eric Derleth and I have the education, training and experience to handle even the most challenging DUI trials. I will help you understand the facts and law in your case. Importantly, DUI cases are much more complex than most people think, including the people that sit on juries. Even an otherwise good defense lawyer is not necessarily the right choice for your DUI defense because of the unique features of a DUI case. You need a lawyer that emphasizes DUI defense in his or her practice to best defend yourself against misdemeanor and felony DUI’s charges. Such a DUI lawyer is even more crucial in cases that involve injuries or deaths that the government alleged occurred because of you driving after drinking alcohol or using illegal drugs.
Whether you were charged with a DUI because of alcohol or drugs (or a combination of both), you need to hire a lawyer as soon as possible. There are some rights you need to demand almost immediately and you might not even know it. And, juries have been poisoned to believe that the police and government do not charge people and drag them through a trial unless they are “obviously guilt”. These media-driven prejudices have exponentially more impact in DUI trials because of the relentless publicity campaign to demonize all drinking drivers. These special interest groups never missing a chance to equate “buzzed” drivers to “wasted” – and therefore obviously dangerous – drivers. So, you have to hire an attorney who recognizes that these common juror prejudices can’t be changed, but instead knows how to use these biases in your favor to help try to win your trial.
Without delay, you should schedule a time to personally talk to a good trial lawyer – one who emphasizes DUI defense work. Many good defense lawyers don’t know nearly enough about the science and medicine behind alcohol and drugs consumption to know the possible effective defenses to your DUI case. Tell the lawyer’s office when you call that your case is important and that you need to meet with the lawyer as soon as possible. When you make that call to me, my staff will make sure you meet with me at my next available slot – often that same day.
Do not delay this important step. Even if you don’t call me, make sure you ask around for recommendations for well-qualified trial lawyers instead of just calling some unknown name from a yellow pages ad you see. While you need to act quickly, do not decide foolishly. Do some investigation into the reputation of the lawyer you choose to meet with – this could be the most important situation you have ever faced and you need to make the right decision about who to hire. I suggest you read the “Top Ten Things You Must Ask Your Lawyer” [HYPERLINK] on this website before you have your next meeting with whichever lawyer you choose. All lawyers are not the same and your serious situation demands the best. I can promise to give you my best and that I’ll use everything I know to try to win your case or get you the best result that maximizes your freedom.
If you want me to take a look at your DUI case, please CLICK HERE and fill out the confidential intake form. All information you share with my office will be kept private and not shared with anyone without your express permission. If a referral to a different law office or other professional is deemed appropriate, one may be made at that time.
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