A conviction for driving under the influence can come with serious consequences impacting your future, career, finances and livelihood. Therefore, an improper conviction is something to be avoided at all costs. If you are charged with a DUI and you plead guilty, you lose the ability to have your case dismissed. However, at times this may be the best option for certain individuals if they feel they were properly charged and are not entitled to legal recourse, or if they simply want to expedite the process and avoid the uncertainty and expense of litigation.
There are multiple reasons for why a DUI charge may be dismissed. If the accused was, in fact, not intoxicated, or if the arresting officers violated his or her rights regarding proper procedure and/or improper grounds for the initial stop, his or her attorney may encourage their client to plead not guilty, and to fight the charges at trial. If you win at trial, you will be acquitted of the charges. However, if the prosecution does not feel he or she has enough evidence to push forward with trial, or believes the defense may very well be entitled to an acquittal, he or she may decide to dismiss the charges before going to trial.
A DUI charge can be dismissed based on the individual facts of your case. If you feel you have been incorrectly charged with a DUI, contact an attorney right away. Each case is unique, and Philip Clark will look into the circumstances surrounding why you were stopped and will help craft a DUI defense and answer the many questions you will likely have.
Be sure to check out “What should you do if you get pulled over for a DUI?” for more information on the topic.