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The Private Investigator and The DUI Case

Everyone who drinks alcohol even a little, or only occasionally, knows the danger and expense associated with an arrest and conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol, pills or other intoxicants.

How big is the problem?

  • In 2010, 10,228 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. Nearly one-third (31%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.
  • Of the 211 child passengers ages 14 or younger who died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes , over half (131) were riding in the vehicle with the alcohol-impaired driver.
  • In 2010, over 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.
  • Drugs other than alcohol (e.g., marijuana and cocaine) are involved in about 18% of motor vehicle driver deaths.

Source: Centers for Disease Control

Most people arrested for DUI hire a lawyer. Sure—that is very important. But before parting with that big lump-sum retainer, it might be cheaper, faster and smarter to hire a private investigator.

The private investigator, with your authorization, can do any and all of the following:

  • Interview witnesses
  • Develop a strict time line of events immediately following the pull-over (this can lead to an attack on the breathalyzer test results
  • Obtain copies of required police reports and records
  • Obtain copies, where appropriate, of breathalyzer machine calibration records
  • Identify unknown witnesses, including witnesses at a bar, restaurant or private gathering
  • Photograph the scene and vehicles
  • Organize and store physical evidence like clothing, vehicle parts or personal belongings

Whether you have hired an attorney or not, you can guarantee the police will be following up on all these issues. And they might not tell you or your lawyer about witnesses, evidence or other facts that do not help the prosecution of their case against you. And it is important to move quickly. Witnesses forget, leave town, move away or decide later not to get involved. Evidence can go missing. A prompt private investigation may be your best chance to avoid these problems.

So when and if you hire legal counsel, your attorney will be delighted to have the evidence, witness statements and photographs your private investigator has already obtained. Because 99% of people arrested for DUI don’t think to take these steps.

To start an immediate investigation, contact a licensed professional private investigator at AssetSearchesNow.com for a free quote today.

Your rights are at stake. Do not delay.

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