Getting arrested for suspicion of drinking and driving in St. Louis is no laughing matter to share with your buddies, nor is it one you should ignore. The consequences are serious and have a lingering impact that many people tend to overlook. Instead of waiting until there is a preponderance of evidence to secure a conviction, it is best to get a strong DWI defense to help you get ahead of the charges.
A DUI defense does not necessarily need to prove your complete innocence. It can help to shed enough doubt on the evidence and circumstances in your case that can result in fewer penalties and a better outcome without a DWI conviction on your record. Here are a couple of reasons why it is always a good idea to secure a solid DWI defense team.
Revoked driving privileges
Even if you do not share details of your ordeal with anyone, you could find yourself having trouble explaining why you no longer have a legal driver’s license and need to keep asking for a ride or, better yet, taking public transportation. A drunk driving arrest is enough for the state to take away your driving privileges and/or require you to use an ignition interlock device to operate your vehicle.
The embarrassing arrest record
We live in an age where everyone wants to know everyone else’s business. An arrest record is public and can be found on many sites. Not only do you have to worry about your friends and family finding out something as demoralizing and embarrassing as a DWI arrest, but there is the risk your employer and other professional affiliations could find out you had an unpleasant run-in with the law, even if you do not end up with a conviction. Keep in mind, many employers have policies against criminal activities and an arrest/mug shot for a DWI is enough to compromise your career.
A DWI defense cannot stop an arrest from happening or get rid of the mug shot, but there are circumstances in which they can keep you from losing your driving privileges and help you mitigate the effects of the arrest record and possibly avoid an even darker fate: a DWI conviction. Both benefits are invaluable and can spare you a lot of time, expense and frustration in the long run.