Criminal Defense In A Time of Need
Steven was 23 years old and celebrating his birthday with a group of friends from Belmont. They headed over to The Cheesecake Factory in Franklin, TN for a nice dinner out and some drinks. He didn’t know that his life was about to take a turn for the worst worst before the night was over.
What was supposed to be a night out drinking with friends ended up in disaster. You see, when the opportunity to celebrate a special occasion comes up, there are preventative measures a person can take to ensure that they end the night on a positive note. As long as drinking is involved, it’s important that a person consider the possible risks in going out. Steven didn’t, and as a result, his life was about to change.
Steven had a part-time job as a waiter and didn’t make a lot of money. When his friends invited him out for drinks to celebrate, he opted to drive himself, rather than call an Uber or any other type of ride share. Franklin is just far enough away from where Steven was staying to where the price was more than he was willing to pay. What he didn’t realize was that the price for leaving in his own car would far outweigh the cost of an Uber.
He arrived at the restaurant, hung out with his friends, had a few drinks, and overall had a great time. They celebrated his birthday and covered his portion of the bill for the food and drinks for the night. One of his friends even offered to give him a ride home, however, by all appearances Steven seemed to be completely unaffected by the 4 cocktails he had that evening.
Steven drove the 20 minute drive back to where he was staying in Nashville. The entire way home he stopped at every red light, he abided by the speed limits, and he used his turn signals. What he didn’t realize was that he had a headlight out.
He was only 2 blocks away from his destination when he was pulled over by a Nashville police officer who spotted the broken headlight.
Upon being pulled over, the officer asked for his license and registration. Steven provided the information that was asked for and everything checked out just fine. The officer asked him if he had been drinking, to which the reply was “I had a couple of drinks”. It wasn’t long afterwards that the police officer had him take a breathalyzer test and Steven was over the limit.
He spent the night in jail and his car was impounded. He was arrested for a DUI. He saved $30 by not using Uber, but spent hundreds of dollars to get his car back from the impound.
The fact that he didn’t know anything about the court system had him scared. He didn’t know what to expect. He was fortunate that he spent the money for a competent criminal defense attorney. This was another $1,000.
The defense attorney managed to help Steven in the court room, however, the charges were not dismissed. As a result of this, he is going to have a DUI on his record which will stay there for the rest of his life.
Being a business major in school, this might affect him in his ability to get a good job in the future. He may be much less likely to get a job that requires any kind of driving. His reputation and his livelihood could be tarnished for the rest of his life.
If you or a loved one has experienced a DUI arrest, be sure to contact a competent defense lawyer. They may be able to help you navigate the court system and depending on the circumstances, they might even be able to get your fines or sentence reduced. Don’t go through this alone.