If you have been arrested for DUI and you are navigating through the criminal justice system, you may be terrified and overwhelmed. Maybe you thought fighting your DUI charges on your own would be easy, but given the complexity of the law and the severity of DUI penalties, you are now having second thoughts. If this sounds like you, have you considered hiring a DUI lawyer?
In the last few years states have increased penalties for DUI. DUI offenders who are charged and convicted of DUI may now face high fines, jail time, license revocation, mandatory alcohol education courses, mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device and parole.
A criminal DUI conviction may have a severe impact on your life. Do not let a DUI conviction ruin your future. DUI laws can vary by state, so finding a DUI lawyer who is familiar with your state's DUI laws is important. If you were arrested for DUI under any of the following conditions, it is especially important to contact a DUI lawyer for help:
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Can a DUI lawyer always get the charges dropped or reduced? No, but hiring a DUI lawyer who is familiar with DUI law and has successfully helped other clients will increase your chances of winning your DUI case.
What does a DUI lawyer do? DUI lawyers will first review and evaluate the evidence of your DUI arrest. DUI lawyers can:
Additionally, a DUI lawyer will offer advice on whether you should plead guilty or not guilty at your DUI arraignment, assist with all pre-trial conferences, files motions to suppress evidence or to request an evidentiary hearing, negotiate a plea deal with the prosecution or defend you at the DUI trial. DUI lawyers also can hire investigators and expert witnesses to review the evidence of the DUI case and to provide testimony to weaken the prosecutor's case.
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Whether or not to hire a DUI lawyer is a crucial decision. Finding the right DUI lawyer is equally important, but how do you get started? Friends and family members may have recommendations and other attorneys may also have suggestions, but doing your own research is critical.
Review potential DUI lawyers on the internet or yellow pages. Make appointments to meet with several DUI attorneys. Meeting with the DUI lawyer will give you the opportunity to assess them and decide if they are professional and attentive. Write down a list of questions to ask your DUI lawyer and make sure you understand how they will be paid.
Keep in mind that every DUI case is different and finding a DUI lawyer who has handled many different types of cases is important. Whether your DUI lawyer will be negotiating a deal with the prosecution to have the penalties and charges reduced or whether they will be taking your DUI case to court, finding the right DUI lawyer can help you move forward with your life.
Dismissal rates for DUI charges and subsequent DUI convictions vary substantially from state to state. Recently on our DUI forum a user asked, “When will the prosecutor dismiss my DUI charges and not prosecute me for driving under the influence of alcohol...