Stamford, CT – Are you currently facing charges of driving under the influence? Are you considering representing yourself through the process, hoping to be offered a favorable disposition from the courts? If so, you may want to find out how a good Stamford DUI lawyercan help your cause. “DUI laws in Connecticut continue to evolve and the long term impact of even one arrest has changed significantly,” says Mark Sherman, an experienced Stamford criminal attorney.
You can actually be administered a sobriety test even if there is nothing about your driving that indicates a problem. In addition to using traffic patrols to enforce drinking laws, the State of Connecticut is one of 38 states which allow sobriety checkpoints to be set up along public roads. At such a location, cars can be directed to stop and a determination is made whether or not to test the driver for alcohol even if the driver has not been observed driving erratically. Even though this is seen by many as a violation against our 4th Amendment rights against unreasonable search, the US Supreme Court has stated that the benefit for public safety outweighs the Constitutional protection and the Connecticut Supreme court has agreed with that finding.
Like most states, Connecticut has an implied consent law which means that refusing to take a sobriety test results in the immediate revocation of your license. While refusal is not a workable option, you have certain rights you can invoke at the time of the test, and there are procedures which must be followed or the results of the test are invalid. “People are allowed to request the presence of their attorney during a roadside test.” attorney Sherman explains, “Failure to honor such a request violates the person’s rights.” There is also a set protocol that must be followed in order for the evidence to be used against you, and a Stamford DUI lawyer is well-versed in the procedures and will examine your case for any discrepancies.
One thing you need to realize is that a prosecutor may want to see a conviction against you. When you arrive at court, it is not a prosecutor’s responsibility to help you achieve the most positive result. A Stamford DUI attorney, on the other hand, will make protecting you and your future a top priority. He will know of options such as diversionary programs that can get you through this crisis with a clean record, and will fight to find a workable solution if this is not a first offense.
Walking into court to face charges without an attorney is like trying to diagnose and treat a serious medical condition without consulting a trained specialist. If you are facing DUI charges don’t face it alone; you need a good Stamford DUI lawyer in your corner.
Mark Sherman, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Fordham University of Law, has been a member of the Connecticut, New York and Florida state bar associations since 1998. He has offices in Stamford, Connecticut and New York, New York which provide both criminal and civil representation. He was recognized as one of the top attorneys in 2011 by Connecticut Magazine and “Super Lawyer” by both New England and Connecticut Super Lawyers for 2011 2012, and 2013. His firm as successfully represented clients on a wide range of criminal charges including DUI, assault, drugs, larceny, and forgery among others.