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What those accused of Sacramento DUI/DWI should know

Maybe it was over a holiday weekend - you were out with your friends or family and enjoyed a drink or two. You were feeling festive, after all! However, the warm fuzzy holiday feelings faded when you saw the flashing lights in your rearview mirror. Even two drinks can bring a person's BAC over the legal limit of .08, which can land them with a DUI/DWI charge.

Here's what you need to know, especially if you are one of the many first-time DUI/DWI offenders. At this point, you have been accused of a crime, not convicted. The officer may have asked you to perform a field sobriety test or to consent to a breathalyzer test. These tests may be the prosecutions' tool to convicting one of a DUI/DWI. If convicted, a first-time offender has a range of possible punishments, ranging from mild to moderately severe.

One cannot turn back the hands of time, so the next best thing is to approach your DUI/DWI accusation head on. Understand what you are being charged with and the potential consequences, if convicted. It's possible that a plea deal could be bargained for in exchange for a lighter penalty. However, this is up to the discretion of the prosecuting attorney; it is an option on the table for many.

If this isn't your first accusation of DUI/DWI, you may feel a little more comfortable with what you're being accused of. However, if it's been a decade or more since your last experience, the laws have changed drastically on this subject. It's good to get yourself up to speed and have a thorough understanding of the entire process - with either a favorable or not-so-favorable outcome in mind. If the accused prefers, they will have a chance to tell their side of the story in a court of law.

Source: FindLaw, "DUI Offense Basics," Accessed Dec. 25, 2017

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