If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, you may think there is no reason to have an attorney, especially if you know you're guilty. After all, what are the chances of an attorney getting you out of this problem that you created? But there are many things that an attorney may be able to do to alleviate the situation, even if if falls short of being found not guilty or having the charges dropped. The following are four things an attorney may be able to do for you after a DUI arrest.
An attorney may be able to reduce the charges
Many district attorneys may bring too many charges against you or at least unnecessary charges. This is a common practice and is done to increase the chances of a conviction. But you may not know what charges are weak and can be challenged successfully. However, a lawyer will be working in your interest and will know how best to reduce the number of charges against you.
An attorney may be able to plea bargain for a lesser charge
Even if there is a single charge against you, there are usually more than one level of charges involving a DUI. Depending upon your circumstances, it may be possible to negotiate your DUI charge to something less severe. This is something you are not likely to be able to do on your own.
An attorney may be able to save your driver's license
The exact laws regarding suspension of your driver's license will depend upon the state you were arrested in as well as any previous convictions for DUI. But judges also have discretion in sentencing in many jurisdictions, so having an attorney to argue your specific circumstances before a judge may help to prevent your driver's license from being suspended. And in those cases where there is an automatic suspension, an attorney may be able to keep the time of suspension to the legal minimum.
An attorney may be able to keep your driving privileges
Even when a judge doesn't want you driving in general, there are certain exceptions that can be made. Most of these exceptions will involve the need to drive as it relates to your job. An attorney may be able to keep your driving privileges to and from your place of work, or if you drive as a part of your job, it may be possible to have a judge allow you to drive only while you are working.
Whatever you do, never throw yourself on the mercy of the court. You are only inviting disaster by doing this. Hire a lawyer, like Boehmer Law, and your outcome will likely be better than if you have no representation at all.