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Do I Need a Lawyer for a DUI?

Often after a DUI arrest, the defendant is wondering how to deal with this legal matter.

  • Do you have a public defender represent you?
  • Do you represent yourself?
  • Do you need to hire a DUI lawyer?

These are all questions that will most likely be racing through your mind when figuring out how you will deal with this. The following reasons are why you should always hire a lawyer for a DUI charge.

Legal Experience

A DUI is a stressful experience all around. The days, months, and possibly years after a DUI can be even worse.

Does it really make sense to represent yourself in a DUI case?

It is rarely a good decision to go with this approach. If this is your first offense, you will be completely overwhelmed dealing with the legal process. Your inexperience will show and certainly not help your case. If this is not the first DUI you’ve had, you will potentially face much more severe penalties.

Having someone with immense experience, working these cases, and knowing the “ins and outs” will help tremendously.

The majority of DUI lawyers offer free initial consultations where you can learn all the details of your case and learn how they can help.

A good lawyer can help on several fronts, such as:

  • Interpreting a police report to determine if the police officer followed the proper protocols
  • Assessing the results of the blood, urine, or breath tests
  • Adjust possible defenses with changing laws and cases regarding DUIs
  • Reviewing all of the following aspects to properly suggest a resolution to your case (plea, trial, etc.)

Even if you cannot afford a private attorney, having public representation is better than having no representation at all. Public defenders have a lot of experience dealing with these kinds of cases. They have familiar relationships with judges and prosecutors. Unfortunately, this approach can come with setbacks as well.

Public Defenders are very busy and may not be able to prioritize helping you work through your case. Also, Public Defenders cannot help you with the DMV side of this offense with a potential license suspension.

With a private attorney, you will be paying for their time, so you are sure to get more attention and effort regarding winning your case.

Your Life After a DUI

The outcome of a DUI case can cause a lot more changes that you may not have considered to this point yet.  Having a lawyer will have a lot to do with your life after the case is closed in court.

Representing yourself in a DUI case will open you up to the potential of significant jail time as well as an extensive list of penalties and not to mention how this will appear on a record for the rest of your life.

Your License

After you are arrested for a DUI, do not plan on being able to drive for quite some time.

Your driving privileges are suspended while a DUI case is ongoing, with the potential that suspension carries up to a year if you aren’t careful.

A lawyer may help reduce the chances you will be stuck with these suspensions so you can get your license after the case is done. Your life will change in almost all aspects if you have to rely on others to get around. If this is not your first offense, be prepared. It will most likely be even longer before getting your license back.

Ignition Interlock Device

Ignition Interlock Devices are often a penalty that comes with a DUI.

This device requires that you physically blow into the device to be able to start a car.

The duration you would have to do this varies but can be up to a year in some cases. You can think about how awkward this would be while having people in your car, not to mention how they would feel about it with you behind the wheel.

Having a lawyer will help your chances of not being stuck with one of these as they have the ability to negotiate your case to avoid this happening.

Insurance

Depending on your case’s outcome, an insurance premium to go with your legal fees can carry significant financial burdens for quite some time. Your insurance could be dropped in the worst scenarios of how a case plays out.

By having a lawyer, they will be able to try and negotiate lesser charges for premiums. They will show you the best way to navigate around this in hopes of keeping your insurance so you can still drive. There’s no telling how this can play out if you have to navigate this alone without representation.

Current and Future Employment

Having a Criminal record is a tough thing to explain to an employer. If you do not have a lawyer representing you, this can very well become a reality.

It can save you a lot of stress and hardship by hiring a DUI lawyer do what they can to avoid a DUI being on a criminal record.

Community Service is always an option a lawyer could argue for as an alternative.

Background Checks

If a DUI ends up being on your permanent record, you will most likely have issues come up with a background check.

Employers will raise a red flag seeing this while you are in the application process. Landlords and Banks will also see this come up when they run a report on you. This will only hurt your chances when trying to be approved for housing or a loan.

Your Schedule

Probation will significantly affect your daily schedule. It will take up a lot of your time, and you may have to complete things such as DUI school to comply with the court orders.

Probation as a whole can be an embarrassing thing to have to explain to your employer and others around you. A lawyer may be able to help you out by getting the probation off the table in a case.

These are just a few reasons why having a lawyer represent you for a DUI is vital to your chances of success in court. The most important thing about dealing with a DUI is setting yourself up for success. Proceeding without representation will almost always land you in hot water with the outcome.

Our DUI Lawyers Can Help You

Our Criminal Defense Team of Phoenix DUI Attorneys in Arizona is very knowledgeable in forensic sciences, including breath and urine alcohol testing methods, blood testing, gas chromatography, and infrared mass-spectrometry. We use every available scientific method to give you an advantage in the courts.

For a free initial consultation, call our 24 hour DUI hotline at 602-307-0808, or click here to contact us now.

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