Do You Really Need An Attorney After A DUI Arrest?

A police officer pulled you over last night. Although you felt fine to drive, your field sobriety and breathalyzer tests indicate you may have had too much to drink. While you were arrested on suspicion of a DUI, the worst of it seems over. Do you really need to hire an attorney?

At Whelan Law Office, we have defended DUI charges since 1990. Founding attorney Lawrence G. Whelan understands the confusion and many assumptions associated with such charges in Nebraska. Hiring a lawyer can potentially lessen the charges against you and ensure no important deadlines or opportunities go unchecked.

Deadlines Are Important In DUI Cases

After a drunk driving arrest, you will receive a letter from the Department of Motor Vehicles. This will inform you of the temporary revocation of your driver's license unless you act immediately to schedule an administrative hearing. Taking immediate action is critical for retaining your privilege to drive. When you enlist the assistance of Mr. Whelan from the start, he will be proactive, acting on such deadlines and capitalizing on other opportunities.

Searching For Gaps In The Case Against You

Even if this is your first DUI arrest, the consequences can be significant, including:

  • The loss of your driver's license for up to six months
  • Steep fines
  • Jail time
  • Mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device
  • Required attendance of an alcohol treatment program

The consequences vary depending on the severity of the accident, including if others suffered injuries or if this is a subsequent offense. We will walk through the charges against you and explain the forthcoming process to make it less intimidating and confusing.

In many DUI cases, we may be able to expose weaknesses or gaps in the case against you. For example, if blood or breath tests produced unreliable results or the traffic stop was unjustifiable, we can advocate for reduced or even dismissed charges. Drunk driving charges carry severe penalties. A lesser charge can allow you to retain your license, a clean criminal record and more.

Don't Face A Drunk Driving Charge Alone

All is not lost after an arrest. What may seem like a straightforward case against you may have multiple errors that could work in your favor. Attorney Whelan will fiercely advocate for your rights and defend against harsh charges.

Schedule a consultation at our Omaha office. Call us at 402-513-0504 or email us through our online form.