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The Best Ways to Get a Lawyer for Your DUI Case

If you have been arrested for drunken driving, you will definitely want to get a lawyer for your DUI case.

However, with so many lawyers to choose from, how do you know how to choose the best one?

Most attorneys have impressive credentials and it can be hard to distinguish one lawyer from the next. However, by following these five tips, you may be able to narrow down your search:

Driving Drunk Can Lead to DUI, Other Charges Too

Let's say that you've been arrested for drunken driving. You may know that you face criminal DUI charges. However, did you know that you could face penalties for many additional violations as well?

That's because individuals who violate drunken driving laws also frequently violate other closely related laws.

And in these cases, you could face penalties even if you're cleared of the DUI charge that got you into trouble in the first place.

Here's a look at five common charges associated with a DUI:

3 Ways to Challenge a DUI Breath or Blood Test

If you are charged with driving drunk, you may want to know some ways to challenge a DUI blood test.

At the time of arrest, a DUI suspect is often asked to submit to a Breathalyzer or some other test to determine the suspect's blood alcohol level. This can include taking a blood sample and analyzing it.

The results of these tests are typically key to proving that you were driving drunk. However, just because some device or lab tech says that your blood alcohol level was above 0.08%, you may still be able to fight the charge in court.

DUI Trial: Evidence Against the Driver

For adults, the legal limit for driving drunk is generally 0.08%. But for a variety of reasons, prosecutors may not have evidence at a DUI trial of a defendant's specific blood alcohol level. Still, this has not stopped prosecutors from charging and convicting drunken drivers.

Individuals stopped for DUI may refuse a blood alcohol test under the belief that they can avoid prosecution without evidence specifying their blood alcohol level. Some individuals may even pass a blood alcohol test.

However, it is common for prosecutors to go after these individuals by using other evidence. Here's a look at some common evidence that prosecutors may use against a drunken driver besides blood alcohol content: