Every DUI case is unique unto itself. Although everyone understands that, a lot of people still want to compare their situation to someone else’s. This is a natural tendency, but when it comes to DUI charges, it can also be very misleading. Comparing your DUI case to any other person’s can lead to serious misunderstandings. On one hand, it can cause a person to freak out for no good reason. On the other hand, it can result in someone being very disappointed if his or her case, which may seem similar, doesn’t turn out as well as that other person’s.
The simple fact is that very few people really know the full details of anyone else’s case. Someone may actually know that so-and-so didn’t go to jail for his or her DUI, but beyond that, all anyone can know is what another person chooses to tell them. As Michigan DUI lawyers with more than 30 years of experience, we have, quite literally, “heard it all.” We have handled thousands upon thousands of cases. As a result, we have learned, countless times over, that how people describe things isn’t always spot-on accurate.
In real life, a person’s summary of his or her own case will often miss key points. It’s hardly surprising, then, that any such description is likely to be even less accurate when a person is trying to describe someone else’s DUI case. Chances are, when someone says, “a guy I work with got a DUI and all he had to do was pay a fine,” that’s probably not all that happened. Every single aspect of one case makes it different from all others, and there are countless aspects to each and every case. Indeed, there is a lot that goes into even the most garden-variety of DUI cases.