A qualified criminal defense attorney can be a great resource in defending charges of driving under the influence. Even with one the repercussions can be stiff so why risk it?
No one goes out for a night on the town planning to be arrested for driving under the influence. Unfortunately, sometimes that is how the evening ends and in some instances that leads to being pulled over and charged with drinking and driving. The thought of going to court, facing significant fines and potentially losing the right to is just the beginning of the potential trouble. Some think that these issues are not very serious and will opt not to spend money on a criminal defense attorney. That is a bad decision. The benefits of having a good lawyer are more than worth the minor amount of money that it is necessary to pay to have him.
To begin with in many states and cities the penalty for DUI is not just a hefty fine but jail time also. On top of that there is almost always court imposed treatment and alcohol counseling. A criminal defense attorney will work hard to avoid jail time for his client and in some instances can decrease fines. This is no small matter when one realizes that the fine for a DUI is close to $5,000 and jail time for a first offense is anywhere from 90 to 180 days. That is just for a first time offender. Subsequent violations of the law lead to exponentially worse punishments and often even more serious repercussions. On top of the fines there are court fees and treatment costs and soon the hourly rate and retainer of a lawyer seem to be looking better and better.
For some who are confident in their ability to avoid jail and reduce their fines the worst part is that most states mandate that an offender’s driver’s license must be suspended. That is not even just for convictions. Most of these jurisdictions have implemented a zero tolerance policy that means that anyone who blows over the legal limit loses their license for up to and including six months. Being able to drive is not a luxury but a necessity to a lot of people. Having to go without is not an option and so now the repercussions are going to begin being felt in personal lives when they have to start altering their life to fit their punishment.
Not every criminal defense attorney is going to be able to get every client out of all of the trouble they have gotten themselves into. The fact is that a person who is charged with driving under the influence should not take the matter lightly. It can have lasting and devastating effects that will leave ripples throughout life. In order to get the best result and to ensure the best outcome it is necessary to find a criminal defense attorney that is skilled in this type of charge and retain their services for the duration of the process.