Driving under the influence of alcohol or intoxicants in Honolulu can have severe consequences. If you have been arrested for a DUI or OVUII, you need to take steps to protect your rights, or you could face jail time, fines, and suspension of driving privileges. For the unversed, OVUII stands for ‘Operating A Vehicle Under the Influence of An Intoxicant.’ Here’s more on what you need to know. 

The basics

If a police officer suspects that you are drunk and asks you to pull over, you will be asked to take a chemical test, which will detect BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration) at that time. If your BAC is at 0.08 or above, you would be charged with DUI. The officer can also charge you if you refuse to take the test, and that could lead to the revocation of your driver’s license. 

Get an attorney

When facing a DUI charge, it may seem that there is no way you can defend yourself, but an attorney can make a difference. Find a criminal defense lawyer at the earliest, and they can guide you on the legal strategies you can consider. Sometimes, the DUI evidence is just not strong enough or could be botched, and your attorney can use that as evidence to get your case dismissed. Lawyers know what it takes to represent clients in court, and your DUI charges could be reduced with a good attorney. Depending on the facts, the lawyer can also argue at trial and get you acquitted. 

Understanding the evidence

When you have been charged with DUI, you need to understand the kind of evidence that the police are going to use against you. In many cases, field sobriety tests have serious issues and errors, which can be challenged. Lawyers often also argue that the officer may not have followed the guidelines when the tests were being done. The labs could be at fault for not adhering to the laid procedures. Your lawyer may bring up how the blood samples were stored, how the blood sample was tested, and why you were stopped in the first place. There is no one way to deal with DUI charges; it largely depends on the facts. 

Don’t let a DUI charge change the way you live. Get an attorney to ensure that you don’t end up with consequences that were preventable in the first place.