One Last Word on Utah DUI’s:
THIS WEBSITE MAY SAVE YOUR LIFE AS YOU KNOW IT.
The biggest factor affecting good, logical decision making in the area of DUI law is that most people cited for first time DUI’s have preconceived notions that they will be treated fairly. The problem is this just isn’t the case – you will be treated exactly the same as any other defendant in a criminal case and although you will be “assumed innocent until proven guilty,” that can be a mighty short road, and without a lawyer – forget about it. No prosecutor in the world wants to give you a break because you have a hard luck story, this is your first mistake and you have an otherwise unblemished record, or your life depends on you NOT having a DUI – they could care less. Stop thinking you are special because you are otherwise a model citizen; 90% of DUI recipients are the same – never have been in trouble before. The way you make the system care is to hire a lawyer who speaks for you and can make them work; otherwise, they’ve heard it all before and they know damn well you aren’t going to be trying your own case.I tell you more about the system than any other lawyer out there so you can fully understand what you are up against.YOU KNOW ALMOST NOTHING ABOUT DUI ENFORCEMENT AND THIS LACK OF KNOWLEDGE CAN BE DEADLY.
If you think that taking a prescription medication as directed is O.K. you need to read this site or call me; this is the most common way now to get another DUI. No one in the system “cares” that you need to take your medicine to live or that you need your license to get to work and there is statistically a 75% chance you will lose it for your first DUI for 120 days, regardless of your driving record (and there is no hardship license that allows you to drive to work). Do not think for a moment that the prosecutor’s concern is anything other than trying to put another win in his column. If you so much as sit inside a car with the keys in it, that is actual physical control for purposes of the DUI law; even if someone else was just driving. DUI is one of the only crimes that does NOT need intent as an element of the crime; that means even if you intend NOT to drive – you can get a DUI just by having “actual physical control” of a vehicle (including a bicycle)! We tell you everything you need to know about avoiding the next charge and fighting this one. No one else invests that kind of time in prevention. If you fail to heed this warning and pretend that you can go on without this knowledge you may very well end up ruining your life as you know it. For example if you don’t understand what actual physical control means, then you are liable to repeat the DUI experience by having the keys to your car in the ignition while you wash it in your driveway while drinking a beer- in Utah that’s a DUI.
Remember, in over 65% of cases, our involvement results in reduction of the charges, decreased penalties, suppression of certain evidence, or sometimes outright dismissal. There is a 100% chance that you will be found guilty if you plead guilty. So common sense would tell you that at the very least, you should have your case evaluated. Whether you ultimately decide to fight is a personal decision that we never try to influence.
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