Last night I was arrested for a DUI charge. However, there are many circumstances that do not make sense and I am unsure of whether or not it can be upheld in court.
I was in a local store for almost an hour before the cops showed up for a verbal altercation that occurred in the store with a bunch of people. I did have some to drink, but not a lot. I snapped. I couldnt believe the things I was hearing. About an hour after police reports and what not, they made me submit a test to see if I was capable of driving home. I failed the test. Two hours after the fact that I 'drove my car' I was also in the store drinking while waiting on food. I even called for a ride in the store from my cell phone. They took me to the hospital threatened me with jail time if I refused the blood test.
You need to consult with one or more qualified criminal defense attorneys who practice in your area. Most here will consult initially without charge. Take advantage of that to speak privately and confidentially with them to get a better understanding of your options and the fees that will be charged.
Your ability to get your job back or obtain new employment will not be determined by this incident but how you respond to it. The fact that you have found yourself in this forum suggest you already know how to appropriately respond -- consult with and retain an experienced criminal defense attorney.
When you find yourself in your situation, it is easy to feel like the sky is falling in and assume the worst. By consulting with legal counsel, you place yourself in a position to receive objective feedback from a person experienced in dealing with these types of situations. As a result, you may find 2 things: 1) there is hope; and, 2) you may have the financial capacity to retain a private attorney.
Don't dismiss options without first exploring them, which is what you have begun doing right here. Your rights, your freedom and your livelihood depend on it.
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