Being arrested for DUI is undeniably frightening—even if it is not your first experience. No one enjoys being grilled by the police, asked to walk the line in the dark, or to blow into a breathalyzer, most likely knowing the outcome is going to be dismal. Keep in mind that if you are stopped by the police, it is always better to skip the breathalyzer when in doubt and request a blood test. You do not have to answer questions, you do not have to explain to the police where you have been, and you do not have to answer that famous question: “how many drinks have you had?”
If you have been charged and found guilty, it may seem like the worst thing in the world for a while. It could, however, be a turning point in your life; in fact, the DUI may increase the awareness of how much you drink, and it could indeed be the catalyst for helping you get treatment. You may question whether you are an alcoholic, and it helps to understand that there are different levels of alcoholism. Whether you are on the brink or have completely fallen into alcoholism, it may be interesting to look at statistics explaining that most motorists who are stopped for DUI do have a drinking problem. This isn’t so hard to understand, as so many responsible drinkers are able to moderate or simply make the judgment not to drive.
An alcoholic will have a difficult time making the decision to do the right thing when it comes to alcohol. If the decision must be made between driving to the liquor store drunk to go get another bottle, or just staying home and skipping it, in most cases that is not much of a question for an alcoholic. Their need for that next drink is so strong that they are willing to risk being stopped and being charged with DUI. Their impaired judgment in their inebriated state will cause them to risk not only their lives but the lives of everyone else on the road.
If you are given your license back, it may be with the stipulation that you have an Interlock device in your car for at least six months. While this may seem like an incredible inconvenience, keep in mind that it is an enormous motivation to stay sober.
You probably have many questions if you have been charged with DUI, from wondering whether you will have to go to jail to worrying about getting your license back. Speak with an experienced DUI attorney from the offices of H. Lehman Franklin, P.C. Call now to learn more at 912-764-9616, or contact us online.