When arrested for a DUI or DWI, you might feel so ashamed that you agree to anything the DA presents in hopes of getting the ordeal over with quickly but think twice before deciding on anything.
While cases can vary tremendously, in general, the following guidelines can help you determine if you should hire a private attorney for your DUI arrest.
- Do you already have several DUI convictions? If this is the case, then you need a professional attorney. This is even more important if your DUI is discovered because you were involved in an accident or if you injured or killed someone. This will mean serious jail time, substantial fines, and a good chance of losing your driving license, perhaps permanently.
- Is this your second DUI/DWI or was your blood alcohol content more than double the legal limit? You should seriously consider hiring a private attorney to handle your case. The penalties involved will be more severe and the financial burden very bitter.
- Do you understand your state laws regarding DUI and your rights under these laws? Don’t feel bad if you don’t; most people aren’t familiar with DUI laws or their rights. It would be a good idea to obtain legal counsel from a professional attorney who can explain the possible consequences and can offer you expert advice regarding the potential outcome of your case based on the circumstances.
A professional attorney will look at all the possible consequences you face, based on the exact circumstances of your arrest and your prior convictions, if any. Your attorney will try to minimize the penalties ensure that this event impacts your life as little as possible, always looking out for your best interests.
Of course, you can always represent yourself or try to make your best deal with the DA, but why risk a criminal conviction that will follow you for years if you can avoid it with qualified legal representation from a professional attorney?