A DUI attorney represents a person that has been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Drivers are charged with a DUI when police has pulled them over for various reasons (typically from unusual swerving or running stop lights/stop signs) and they fail the series of sobriety tests. (These series of tests usually involve breathing into a breathalyzer and walking the straight line.) It’s certainly time to find a DUI attorney if you’ve been arrested for driving under the influence. Whether you were seriously intoxicated or just lightly tipsy, DUI charges are nothing to take likely. It’s time to find a good lawyer that will help in either minimizing the punishment or if it’s even possible to dismiss the charge altogether. Regardless, it’s best to find an attorney that knows the law inside and out. The best way to find a good DUI attorney is to research. You don’t want to hire a divorce attorney to represent you in the court of law if there are attorneys out there with years of experience in DUI charges. Word of mouth is the first thing on the checklist when it comes to finding a seriously good attorney. Sometimes, family members and/or friends know of a good attorney. Always check into that. Otherwise, pull out the laptop and research the DUI attorneys in your area. Call a few and set up free consultations with them. You want to choose the attorney that clearly sets up a good plan, offers reasonable pricing, has a great reputation, truly knows the law and has an excellent track record for winning cases.
Once you have hired a DUI Attorney
Once you’ve hired an attorney to work on your case, they will prepare you for what to expect should you become convicted and should you not become convicted. They will forewarn you of the possibility in jail time, driver’s license suspension and various other fees. The attorney will then try to convince the court system to lower the charges or at least reduce the severity of the sentencing. Many times, an attorney will challenge the actions of the police officer that had placed the DUI charge to begin with. Sometimes, the police infringe on the rights of the driver. In the process, the attorney will keep you informed of the situation and where everything rests. It’s the attorney’s job to ensure that you aren’t blindsided by anything and are prepared for whatever may come in the following weeks or months, depending on how long the process takes to get resolved. Rest assured that the attorney will fight vigorously to alleviate the severity of the charges and if possible, get the case to be dropped.