Being convicted is an extremely unpleasant experience that can and should be avoided. It can lead to a lot of unwanted consequences which have the potential of derailing your life. It can limit your potential on the economic front by setting barriers to your going abroad or holding public office, doing jury service or starting certain types of business etc. Those are things most people would like to keep away from if they can. That is truer if you consider the state of the economy and something that will definitely be viewed by employers in a negative light thereby making the process of finding a job more demanding than it already is.
Criminal records are pretty hard to get expunged as well. Let us take the case of drunk driving. It is quite easy to go overboard and indulge yourself in parties, hangouts and the like. After that if you decide to drive around then you are liable to get caught for drunk driving. So what it boils down to is how much you have had to drink. If you’ve had too much to drink then you’re not likely to be in control of your vehicle and being caught for driving offenses like rash and negligent driving, street racing, driving without due care, dangerous driving et al., if you were lucky enough to remember your seat belts that is. If you were alert enough to avoid all of the above and were simply over-speeding when you got hauled over then the level of alcohol in your bloodstream will determine if you do get arrested or not. If the levels are not very high you may be let off but if not then you should try to treat the cops with utmost respect even through your drunken stupor. The officers will most likely record your statement and you should be clear, concise and correct in your replies which again will be an uphill task. Calling up your family and friends and telling them about what happened is a good idea, however unpleasant that may be. Once the option of bail along with the procedure is offered up to you then should complete formalities. If you have been charged with something then I suggest getting the best criminal lawyers to help you to clear you name. When looking for criminal lawyers make sure that whoever you select has the requisite experience and credentials to handle your case. To defend your rights is your fundamental right and you should exercise it in the best way that you can.