The law is often an imposing entity when it comes to the enforcement of rules that govern citizens and society. Among the many areas where it concentrates on prosecuting wrongdoers is for the times when citizens drive under the influence of either liquor or alcohol and drugs. This has been found to be the one of the most common cause of major accidents on highways.
For many, this type of offense may also be a matter of what a traffic policeman decides to do for your minor offenses. You will need people like a good DUI lawyer Chesterfield VA to answer for both minor and major concerns regarding the offense. Major offenses could really have the heaviest fines and relatively long jail times.
However, only a fraction of offenses done after drinking alcoholic drinks are really major. Most are minor enough to be considered or classified under the classification of lesser misdemeanors. But these offenses could get you and your license suspended for use on roads for some time, could merit fines and other charges, or even some time in prison.
Most of these cases can be argued down to the minimum punishment. When and if the case involves only minor injuries or none at all, or some damage to property that is not too expensive, your lawyer can make the court and jury look your way. The process for determining how you are on the wrong side of the law in terms of testing have many gaps and blanks.
The process often starts with an arresting officer taking out a field alcohol test, which is done with a gadget for detecting the percentage of alcohol in your bloodstream. However, this is in itself has a plus or minus envelope for accuracy. The police department cannot have better testing devices short of having a mobile van with complex mechanics inside it for precise testing.
The gadget on the field is called the Breathalyzer and this will register that there is alcohol in your breath and therefore your bloodstream. It cannot accurately determine whether your body mass and the amount of alcohol you have imbibed have created a condition in which you have become a great risk factor on the freeway. Or that you have or may cause harm in any way.
A major case often requires the process to be longer, and extends the breath analysis farther into more complex testing. This will include blood tests, and other chemical testing procedures which are tasked to know the percentage of liquor that has affected your bloodstream. However, if these are done later and not immediately after an incident, the results will not be too accurate.
There are certain points within these set of procedures which your attorney could question. Often, they can reduce the expected punishment related to what the case is according to arresting officers or officer. Sometimes, the policemen are vague on how a case could be judged or could simply misclassify an offense.
Since the coming of the tests for alcoholic content, there have been any number of successful cases in which attorneys for defendants have saved their clients from the worst forms of injustice. There may be elements of prejudice involved, and there may even be on duty policemen who themselves have taken liquor and similar drinks.