Steps To Build A Strategic DUI Defense
Under strict Alabama laws, if you even have one or two drinks and then get behind the wheel, you could face prosecution for driving under the influence (DUI). The days when DUI — sometimes called DWI for "driving while intoxicated" — was essentially treated as a traffic ticket are long gone.
At checkpoints designed to catch impaired drivers, prescription drugs are accounting for almost as many arrests as alcohol. Drugs used to treat anxiety — Xanax or Lorazepam — can also impair the ability to safely operate a vehicle and lead to a charge.
Make no mistake — the outcome in your case is not the same without an experienced attorney at your side. A conviction, even on a first offense, carries significant penalties and repercussions. Lawyer James M. Burns will leverage his nearly 20 years of criminal law experience to help you minimize the consequences.
Did You Refuse A Blood Or Breath Test?
Test refusal is a crime on its own. It will result in an additional charge. Should you take a test or not? You need fast and reliable advice.
Call (850) 457-6002 to speak with Attorney James M. Burns immediately, so you can make an informed decision.
Results In State Or Federal Court
Because you don't deal with criminal charges every day, there are certain question you may not know to ask and issues you would never identify on your own.
Here is what you can expect:
- - Personal attention that includes candid advice designed to meet your goals of avoiding a criminal record or getting a business-purpose driver's license so you can keep your job
- - Rigorous analysis of evidence and methods the police used that may uncover potential defenses — for instance determining if there was there probable cause to support stopping you or of there were any mistakes made while collecting a blood or breath sample
- - Knowledge of local courts and prosecutors so you know when to take a plea and when to fight the charge at trial
James helped me with my second DUI case and did a great job. I was looking to lose my freedom for a little while, but James made sure that didn't happen and for that I am very thankful. I would recommend Mr. Burns to anyone who has been arrested in Pensacola and is looking for the best! Thanks again!
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Can you keep a criminal charge from negatively affecting your job prospects, educational opportunities and reputation in the community? It depends on the unique facts at play. But he'll fight to reach the best possible resolution, whether through a negotiated plea or skilled advocacy in the courtroom.
What Are Your Options?
The clock starts ticking immediately on the suspension of your driver's license. Remember that after any DUI/DWI arrest, the knowledge and determination of the defense lawyer you select can make the difference to your future.
Call James M. Burns & Associates at (850) 457-6002 or send him a message now.