Research show that statistics on cases of Driving Under The Influence (DUI), Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and Operating Under The Influence (OUI) are greatly varied and specific statistics are difficult to find. Most show the percentage of convictions.
For instance, in California, statistics from 1997 to 2006 show that conviction rate was between 75 and 85 percent. Some statistics reveal that in some states, conviction rates were as low as 63 percent while several were 85 to 95 percent. One county showed a 10 percent dismissal rate. From 2000 to 2011, Connecticut had a 50 to 70 percent dismissal rate, while allowing first time offenders to complete a course to get charges dismissed. While at Washington State, statistics show that DUI case dismissal is at an average of 32 percent.
Reasons for dismissal vary and are many. An example would be the reason the police officer stopped the driver or the “probable cause.” Police officers must have very valid reasons for a traffic stop, unless it is required for a vehicle to stop (e.g. a legal roadblock). Sometimes, a reason may not necessarily be tied to drinking and may be contested. Another reason for a case dismissal is when the police officer refuses to show up for the hearing. There is often a time limit between the arrest and the hearing, that when exceeded, the case will be dismissed. The veracity and authenticity of the sobriety tests and the Breathalyzer can also be questioned. But apart from these reasons, there are a lot of factors that can lead to a DUI case being dismissed.
How To Get A DUI Case Dismissed?
The initial action to take to get DUI case dropped or charges dismissed is to consult with a DUI lawyer. A DUI lawyer specializes on DUI law and can greatly help, especially when the first course to take is unknown. With a DUI lawyer’s experience comes a lot of benefits that can be beneficial to any DUI case, such as familiarity with the court system, knowledge of details of plea bargain and the skill and ability to go through complex administration procedures.
As dealing with the motor vehicle department of a state can be frustrating, a DUI lawyer can help manage this process by not only accomplishing required forms, and scheduling or representing you at hearings, but also having the required specialized knowledge in laws to help dismiss the case or if not, obtain a lesser sentence. DUI specialists usually know the prosecutors and are certain of the arguments that will work best in any situation.
In DUI cases, americanguineahogassociation.org will be happy to help. With their knowledge and expertise, having charges dropped and cases dismissed is very possible.