Three of five planned Delaware DUI checkpoints planned for the long Thanksgiving weekend have already passed and two still remain. These efforts will be accompanied by more than seventy DUI saturation patrols conducted throughout the state by local, county and state officers.
This monumental effort is just the beginning of the 12th annual Safe Family Holiday program that is designed to keep Delaware streets safe from the Thanksgiving holiday through New Year’s celebrations. The Safe Family Holiday program will run in conjunction with the very successful Delaware Checkpoint Strikeforce which has tallied more than 420 arrests so far in 2010.
People arrested for DUI in Delaware stand to face some pretty serious consequences if convicted. First time offenders could face fines of up to $1150, a year long driver’s license revocation and up to six months in prison.
Courts in the state of Delaware can also deliver a guilty verdict based solely on the perceptions of the arresting officer and your performance on the field sobriety test. This means that you could possibly suffer to the fullest extent of the DUI law without even having the concrete evidence of a blood alcohol test presented.
It’s a good idea for drivers in any state to enlist the help of a qualified DUI attorney following a DUI arrest, but in a state with special considerations like Delaware it’s an absolute necessity. Without the evidence of a BAC test, the court is relying entirely on the arresting officer’s word, which may or may not be entirely accurate. In cases like this it’s imperative that you have someone with extensive knowledge of the law on your side to help with your defense. Hiring a DUI attorney is the only way to ensure that every detail of the case is properly examined and that your side of the story is related properly in court.