Arrested for the First Time?
If this is your first brush with the law, you are probably nervous and scared. Whatever you do, do not give up hope. A DUI conviction and the DUI penalties that come with it are not a foregone conclusion. As a first offender, you may have options that allow you to get through this with little to no damage to your record and your future, provided you have an experienced lawyer to safely guide you through the system.
The Art of Negotiation in First Offense Drunk Driving Cases
At Courtney & Molter, our lawyers have more than 30 years of experience in Wisconsin's state and county courts. We are extremely familiar with the way that specific courts and prosecutors tend to approach first offense drunk driving cases. Prosecutors are often realistic and willing to negotiate in these cases, knowing that they are not dealing with hardened criminals, but individuals who have made a single mistake in an otherwise incident-free life.
The art of negotiation starts by attempting to reduce the charges or have them dismissed entirely. Depending on the evidence involved or the client's willingness to go through alcohol counseling or other programs, this may be a successful option.
If we are unable to eliminate or reduce the first offense DUI charge, we will attempt to minimize the consequences. Convictions come with a broad range of penalties. In some cases, depending on the BAC level, these penalties may include requiring the installation of an ignition interlock device. These are extremely expensive. If we can negotiate this penalty out of the picture, our client will save thousands of dollars. That is just one example of how we approach the mitigation of drunk driving penalties.
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Call our Milwaukee first offense DUI attorneys directly at 414-312-4184 in Milwaukee or 866-624-9029 toll free, or contact us online. Phones are answered 24 hours a day. If we can't speak to you right away, don't worry — we will return your call or e-mail soon.