There are many, many myths and stories surrounding DUIs. When talking with non-lawyers about what we do for a living we are often asked about myths like putting a penny in your mouth to beat the breathalyzer or the impossibility of saying your ABCs backwards. Here are a few myths and the real story you need to know if you’ve been charged with DUI in Knoxville.
This is not the law. It is not true. BUT police officers, the general public, and even many lawyers believe this myth. We’ll address this myth in more detail later.
Similarly to the refusal myth, many people cannot imagine how they might not be found guilty if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is over the legal limit. If this myth were true we’d lose a large majority of our cases. We don’t. Don’t believe this myth.
There is a relationship between a lawyer’s fee and his expertise, but it’s not direct. A fee will often be influenced more by how expensive a lawyer’s offices, staff, and advertising are, than by his results in court.
The criminal justice system is not perfect. Case outcomes depend on many factors besides guilt or innocence. If that weren’t true, there would be no use in even hiring a lawyer.
I’ve represented many innocent clients. Many are understandably upset at the expense, embarrassment, and inconvenience of being charged with a crime they didn’t commit. Unfortunately, rarely would these people be able to win their cases without professional representation.
Most people charged with DUI have no prior record. It is an unusual crime in that respect. Having no prior record is certainly a good thing, but it won’t get you very far in winning your case.
That might be true, but the court will only give you a lawyer if you qualify financially. That is up to the judge who would have to find you “indigent” based on your sworn statement. There are many good lawyers working as public defenders, but even the best will have many more cases to focus on than will our lawyers.
Prescription medication DUIs are becoming extremely prevalent. There are many reasons for this, including doctors writing more narcotic and scheduled prescriptions and police officers being taught to be on the lookout for drivers using prescription drugs. There are also very good defenses to these cases. However, the law makes no distinction for illegal versus prescribed drugs and having a prescription, by itself, is not a defense to DUI by prescription drugs.
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