Make no mistake, Driving Under the Influence is a very serious criminal charge. If you are charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you are facing jail time, loss of your driver’s license and heavy fines and court costs, not to mention your vehicle insurance company will likely raise your rates significantly or drop your coverage entirely. If your career depends upon you being able to drive your car, or involves any travel whatsoever, you could be looking at losing your job as well.
Many attorneys state one of their practice areas as DUI law, but few attorneys truly specialize in this field.
DUI cases are extremely complex. Defense attorneys must understand not only the legal process, but they must also have a broad knowledge of the related scientific principles. Legal issues include due process of law, search and seizure, illegal interrogation, right to legal counsel and evidentiary issues. In a DUI case, the legal issues intersect with the scientific, such as anatomy, biology, chemistry, physiology and toxicology. Also included are pseudoscientific issues like Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. In addition, your DUI defense attorney should have a working understanding of how breath test equipment operates, hospital testing equipment and procedures, and the working of instruments used by forensic laboratories when testing for intoxicants.
Attorneys with our firm have been trained in the above areas of both law and science. Attorney Beth M. Tibbott is a member in good standing of the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD). College members represent the best and most experienced DUI defense attorneys in the country. Attorney Tibbott is trained and certified in the proper way to conduct Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs) and she has in fact undergone the same training as police officers administering the tests. Attorney Tibbott has attended intensive education programs in the area of scientific evidence. Attorneys with our firm hold certifications in many of the areas discussed.
The attorneys at Tibbott & Richardson have what it takes to represent you in your DUI case. Call us for a free initial consultation and let us help you handle your pending DUI charges.