Cohen & Winters are DUI lawyers in Hooksett NH.
Driving under the influence (DUI), also known as driving while intoxicated or drunk driving, is the crime of driving a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or with a blood-alcohol level greater than 0.08 percent. A DUI conviction can result in jail time, fines, license suspension, and other penalties. The specific laws regarding DUI vary from state to state.
What is a DUI charge?
DUI stands for “driving under the influence.” It is also called “DWI” or “driving while intoxicated.” Whatever the name, it refers to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A DUI or DWI charge can be issued if you are found to have a blood alcohol level (BAC) of .08 or higher. However, you may be charged with a DUI even if your BAC is lower than .08 if the officer believes that you are driving dangerously because you are impaired by alcohol or drugs.
What do DUI lawyers help with?
A DUI lawyer can help with many different aspects of your case, including:
Preparing your defense. Your attorney will review all of the evidence against you, talk to witnesses and experts who can testify on your behalf and prepare arguments that will be used in court to defend against your charges. For example, that there was no probable cause before pulling you over; that field sobriety tests were not administered properly; that the breathalyzer equipment wasn’t calibrated correctly; or that police violated your rights in any way during the arrest and booking process. A lawyer can also help you negotiate a plea agreement to reduce charges or penalties.
Negotiating with prosecutors. In some cases, your legal team may find that there is sufficient evidence for a conviction and decide it would be best to negotiate.
A DUI lawyer can challenge evidence obtained during a traffic stop, including whether the officer had probable cause to pull the defendant over in the first place, whether the officer complied with constitutional standards during the stop and/or arrest, and whether any tests administered were performed properly according to established procedures.
A DUI lawyer can help you understand the specifics of your offense, including what the maximum and minimum penalties are. Some lawyers specialize in getting charges reduced or dropped altogether. Others are focused on getting their clients acquitted at trial, if necessary.
DUI lawyer billing
DUI lawyers bill their clients either hourly or through flat fees per case. If you’re working with an hourly billing structure, your lawyer will keep track of how much time he or she spends on your case and then bill you at the end of each month (or other agreed-upon interval).
Ultimately, if you have been charged with a DUI in Hooksett, NH, it is important for you to take action as soon as possible. The sooner you connect with a qualified lawyer and partner, the better your chances of winning your case and avoiding the many drawbacks of a DUI conviction – particularly if you want to save money by doing so.
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