You may have just been arrested for DUI and are thinking to yourself, “I guess I deserve it, I shouldn't have been driving” and just want to get it over with by going to court and pleading guilty to the DUI. It's embarrassing and a quick resolution seems attractive. However, you may be hurting yourself by doing this.
You owe it to yourself to consult with a certified criminal law specialist experienced in DUI defense regarding the situation. A half-hour consultation with an attorney will allow you to weigh your options and understand the benefit of retaining an attorney to represent you. Please note that while much information can be obtained at that time, no attorney can completely assess your case after an initial consultation. Never hire an attorney that talks to you briefly and then guarantees a result. Investigation and research are key in any case.
Many potential clients are afraid that by fighting their case, it may actually make things worse and they just want to plead guilty to the DUI and get it over with. However, the reliability of the system depends on those challenging it. When a DUI attorney gets involved in your case, they investigate the procedures used by the police when stopping you: the FST's (field sobriety tests), the BAC (blood alcohol content) results, the intoxilyzer maintenance records or supporting chromatograms, depending upon whether breath or blood was taken, as well as other factors.
Even if a DUI conviction can't be avoided in some manner, in most cases having an attorney can lessen the impact of a conviction by working toward minimum penalties. An experienced DUI attorney can help even further with knowledge of alternatives that most attorneys may never know of. Having experienced legal counsel can ensure you get the fairest trial and suffer the fewest legal consequences.
So, when a potential client asks if it is worthwhile to hire an attorney for their DUI, I advise them that they should. Given the potential impact of a DUI conviction on a person's life, it is the logical thing to do. Going to court with all the legal assistance you can get will only benefit your case and ideally result in a negotiation of the best possible sentence. An attorney can make sure your rights are protected and that you understand what is happening throughout every stage of the DUI process.
If you find yourself facing DUI or criminal charges, contact the lawyers at the Law Offices of Craig W. Penrod for a free initial legal consultation. Craig Penrod has been certified by the State Bar of Arizona as a criminal law specialist and The Law Offices of Craig W. Penrod has been involved in criminal and DUI defense for more than 20 years.