Being arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, or any other illegal substance, has become a very common problem in our society, especially since the SAPS and Metro have clamped down on weekend drinking and often set up routine road blocks where tens if not hundreds of drivers are arrested at a time.
Having a criminal record for drunk driving can affect one’s job opportunities, travelling prospects as well as one’s personal life and self-confidence. At SDF Attorneys, we specialise in securing our drunken driving clients the most favourable result possible, which for most first time offenders, means that the drunken driving charge will not result in a conviction and will therefore never appear on our clients’ criminal records.
In more serious cases or where the client is a repeat offender, SDF Attorneys work together with our expert criminal counsel to ensure that the best possible sentence is imposed, whether that be community service, a fine or a period of imprisonment (which is hardly ever the case).
Lately there has been an incredibly long delay between the date of arrest and the date of first appearance, some delays even being more than a year in length. In these situations, and where the client cannot afford to have the charge “hanging over their heads” for such a long period of time, SDF Attorneys assist the client by making written representations to the Director of Public Prosecutions to request that the charge be withdrawn pending the outcome of the blood results. This ensures that the charge will not affect any travelling that the client is required to do for business purposes in the interim, for example.