Ah, Labor Day. For many of us, the long weekend honoring American workers that marks the unofficial end of summer will be spent relaxing by the pool, spending time with friends and family, and having one last cookout before the weather starts to change. Unfortunately, for some people, Labor Day weekend will also involve a trip to jail, as police are on the lookout for drunk drivers and invariably step up enforcement efforts around holiday weekends.
These enforcement efforts often involve sobriety checkpoints where police randomly stop cars that are going down a particular stretch of road to determine whether a driver has been drinking. If you find yourself in handcuffs after going through a checkpoint this Labor Day weekend, it’s important that you call an attorney as soon as you can to protect your legal rights.
It is important for anyone accused of drunk driving to keep in mind that there is a big difference between an arrest and a conviction. While it may feel like the cops have caught you red-handed, there are often defenses available that can reduce the penalties you are facing, result in an acquittal, or even force the prosecution to drop entirely drop its case against you. Some of these defenses include the following:
Remember, even in cases where a defense is not available, an attorney can often negotiate a plea bargain that helps you avoid the most serious consequences associated with a DUI. As a result, anyone arrested for drunk driving should retain an attorney to represent them, regardless of the circumstances of their arrest.
If the police have arrested you for drunk driving, it is imperative that you retain an attorney as soon as you can. Founding attorney Michael J. Skinner is a former prosecutor who understands how the other side thinks and can use this knowledge to bring your case to the most favorable resolution possible. To schedule a free case evaluation with a criminal defense lawyer in West Chester, Pennsylvania, call our office today at (610) 436-1410 or send us an email through our online contact form.