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Light at the End of the DUI Tunnel


You need to know that there is light at the end of the DUI litigation tunnel, but you need to establish a mindset that gets you to the end of the litigation. Litigation is difficult. Court attendances are difficult for you and your entire family. DUI litigation is expensive for you and your family. But if you persist with finding your way through the tunnel, if you keep going no matter what, you will reach the other side.

This tunnel took many years to construct. It is 1.2 km long. It is located at Sete Cidades (Ponta Delgada), in the Azores, Portugal. It connects one of the lakes in the Sete Cidades volcano with the outside world at Mosteiros. There is a sign at the entrance that shows how many years it took to construct. Notice, however, that the entrance contains a red and yellow "X" which means "no entry". The government authorities forbid entry. The Junta Geral, the public authorities responsible for public safety, forbid entry. But should you go through the tunnel anyway, if it is the best option?

The government, police, and public interest groups don't want you to defend your DUI charge. They want you to plead guilty and reduce the number of charges in the system. They make it very difficult to defend a DUI. The tunnel is very long and will be difficult for you, but if you have the right mindset, you will make it through. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Your defence lawyer needs to spend a lot of time with you and get a lot of information from you and from disclosure before your lawyer can show you the way to the other side. You need to spend at least an hour with a defence lawyer before you can decide which options you should choose. The defence lawyer may need a whole lot more time and a whole lot more disclosure before the light becomes visible as a tiny dot on the other side. Then, once you know your options, the risks and the chances of success, you decide if you want to travel through the tunnel.

For a fun travel video on this Sete Cidades tunnel see https://youtu.be/ivgAz7cvnZs.


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