There are many reasons why hiring a DUI attorney is in a defendant’s best interest when he has been arrested for driving drunk or driving while on drugs. Four of these reasons include the following:
1. A DUI has serious penalties and consequences.
When an individual is convicted of a DUI, he may go to jail – even for a first-time offense. He will lose his license for a period of time in a DUI case, and he will have to pay a fine. These consequences can have a major adverse impact on his life, as will the fact that his insurance company likely will drop him and/or he may need to get an extremely expensive high-risk auto insurance once he is allowed to drive again. The best way to minimize these consequences or to avoid them entirely is to get legal help from a DUI attorney who will help a client understand the best possible course of action with defending himself or plea to lesser charges.
2. There are both administrative and criminal consequences to a DUI.
When someone is arrested for DUI, he have to deal with not only the courts but also to the specific government agency assigned to motor vehicles. Only a DUI attorney who regularly takes care of such cases will be able to have the necessary knowledge to help a DUI accused deal with the government agency and, hopefully, to convince such department that he is able to retain his license at least for limited purposes.
3. There is a lot of science behind a DUI case.
A lot of the great DUI defenses hinge on things like faulty Breathalyzer tests or rising content of alcohol in the blood (rising BAC defense). Not every lawyer understands the science behind a DUI nor do all lawyers have relationship with expert witnesses that can help in a DUI case. A DUI attorney has the knowledge and connections his client need to better understand the science of DUI and to use the science to his client’s advantage.
4. A DUI attorney knows how to plea bargain down the charges.
In some cases, if one is not able to defend his self against the DUI charges he faces, an attorney can use his expert negotiation skills to help him get off with a lesser sentence. He may be able to plead down the charges that he is facing to a lesser charge than drunk driving, such as reckless driving charge. The defendant may also be able to enter into a diversion of first-time offender program that allows him to avoid a criminal record. Legal DUI experts know about the programs in place and can help.
These are just a few of the many reasons why hiring a DUI attorney is the smart choice when one is facing DUI charges. With the help of a lawyer, one can protect his legal rights in the criminal justice system and work to get the best result he can.