Do You Really Need a Lawyer for Your DUI?
It’s natural to want to isolate yourself after accusations of drunk driving. Don’t make that mistake. You really do need an attorney to fight on your side. Nobody expects to find themselves in jail—but if you've been charged with a DUI, that's where you might end up. With the help of a DUI lawyer, you can seek to protect yourself from the short-term and long-term consequences of a conviction. In the months and years following accusations of a DUI, you may find yourself losing out on employment opportunities, paying excessive insurance rates, losing your driver’s license, and other disastrous outcomes. So let's take care of that DUI charge. I work hard for clients throughout Hamilton County and the rest of Tennessee to ensure they have the best chance at justice.
How a Tennessee Attorney Can Help
Like other states, Tennessee outlaws driving or operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or more, with lower limits applying to underage drivers. Police officers look for a variety of indicators that your driving is impaired. Some examples may include:
- Swerving your vehicle to correct its course
- Driving in the middle of two lanes
- Drifting from side to side on the roadway
- Nearly hitting something or someone
- Erratically hitting your brakes
- Driving too cautiously or slowly
The law lays out specific grounds for how arresting officers must conduct the proceedings before, during, and after an arrest. This is where a local attorney can help. As your drunk driving defense lawyer, I can look out for procedural discrepancies such as:
- Whether or not the officer had reasonable suspicion
- Whether or not the officer followed procedure
- What the road conditions were
- How field sobriety tests were conducted
- When the breathalyzer was last calibrated
A drunk driving charge not only impacts your life, but also the lives of your family and friends. Without a driver’s license in Chattanooga or anywhere else in our state, you’ll have trouble getting to and from work, picking your kids up from school, running errands, and completing other essential activities. Don’t let a few drinks jeopardize your future; don't let a DUI charge stop you from living your life. Reach out to me at Zak Newman Attorney at Law to start moving forward.