You were driving home from a meeting with your co-workers when you had to weave out of your lane. A small animal looked like it was going to run onto the road, and no one was coming, so you tried to avoid it.

Fortunately, you didn’t end up hitting it, but you did end up getting spotted by a cop. They saw your unusual action and signaled for you to pull over. Moments later, they were speaking with you and asking if you’d been drinking. You were honest and admitted you had a drink at dinner, but you didn’t know why it mattered.

You quickly found out as they asked for a Breathalyzer test and wanted you to take field sobriety tests. Your blood alcohol content (BAC) came back at .05%, below the legal limit, but combined with your so-called reckless driving and the lack of balance you’ve always had, you ended up under arrest.

Do you have a defense, or should you just accept the DUI?

It’s important that you do not plead guilty or no contest to a DUI unless you’ve spoken with your attorney first. An accusation of a DUI isn’t a conviction until you plead guilty or are found guilty in court. Your BAC was under the legal limit, and other health concerns may have influenced your field sobriety tests, so you deserve the opportunity to defend yourself. You weren’t driving dangerously and were in control of your faculties.

Our website has more on what you should do if you’re accused of drunk driving. Taking the right steps after an arrest can make a significant difference when it comes to the penalties you may face or if you can have the charges dropped.