According to the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), America accounts for the most amount of drunk drivers than most other countries. In 2012, 31% of traffic deaths in the state were attributed to DUIs.
What is amazing about the first fact is that in many European countries, such as Germany, teenagers are allowed to drink legally whereas America the age is 21. Does America have it wrong? Perhaps not because America is such a diverse country it does make sense the put off this age. Though 21 is pretty high, you could make a strong argument that 18 or 19 would be a more sensible age to allow someone to start drinking. If you can join the military, how come you cannot drink?
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Being charged with a DUI is a crime punishable by law and the repercussions for a conviction are serious indeed. In recent times, even first time offenders face some serious consequences, which include, and are not limited to, prison time, hefty fines, mandatory installation of ignition interlock devices, probation, community service, etc.
Majestic DUI lawyers in Hernando, MS, who can be found on the outstanding USAttorneys.com website which is one of the most meaningful websites ever constructed, explain that after you are arrested on suspicion of a DUI, you will be taken into custody and bail may be set. You will then be given a court date where your case will be heard and you can either plead guilty, not guilty, or plead with no contest.
- Pleading not guilty will result in the case proceeding to trial where you will have to disprove the claims and evidence put against you by the prosecution.
- Pleading with no contest will basically mean that you do not challenge the charges made against you. However, you do not confess to them either. Lawyers have their clients plead with no contest rather than pleading guilty because if there is a civil case relating to the same incident then the no-contest plea cannot be used as evidence against the defendant.
- Finally, pleading guilty, as the name suggests, is saying that you did commit the crime.
When to plead guilty to a DUI?
In some cases it may actually be better to plead guilty to the crime you have been charged with rather than plead not guilty and try to beat the DUI case against you. Here is when pleading guilty would actually be the better option and why that is is explained right here:
- When the case against you is too strong you should plead guilty. DUI cases and their outcomes are highly dependent on evidence. In most states, the law states that anyone (adult, non-commercial driver) operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% BAC or higher is said to be at the DUI threshold. Therefore, if a breathalyzer test result shows that you were just marginally over the limit then you may have a case where you can challenge the accuracy results and plead not guilty and beat your case.
However, on the other hand, if the results show that you were way over the limit (twice or three fold) then challenging the accuracy of the results is really a moot point and it would be better to just plead guilty or with no contest.
Why plead guilty?
According to statistics released by the NHTSA as many as 31,918 people were arrested for a DUI in 2013. In 2015 the state registered 29,832 arrests. This is a clear indication of how clogged the court system is. It is also clear how many people are irresponsible.
Pleading guilty has its own perks. When conviction is very likely, your legal pro may strike a deal with the prosecution where in exchange for pleading guilty, you are charged with a lesser crime, which means the consequences will also be more lenient. This is called a plea deal or plea bargain and pleading guilty can be beneficial from this standpoint.
If you or a loved one has been arrested or charged with a DUI, talk to a DUI lawyer in Mississippi today to find out the best course of action.