A DUI lawyer is a criminal defense professional who specializes in representing people who have been charged with a DUI, or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A DUI lawyer has intimate knowledge of the DUI laws in their jurisdiction and has experience utilizing this knowledge to their client's advantage. A DUI lawyer will look at the facts of a defendant's case in order to determine the best way to protect and maximize their legal interests.
Because a DUI is a criminal offense, federal law requires that a DUI lawyer be appointed to a defendant in cases where the individual cannot afford attorney services. A person may also choose to represent themselves in a DUI criminal case. In most situations, self-representation is detrimental to a person's best interests. A DUI lawyer is a defendant's best advocate when facing DUI charges.
A DUI is considered a serious offense, which is charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the facts and location of the crime. After a DUI, a convicted defendant can face heavy fines, incarceration, driving sanctions, community service, compulsory drug and alcohol classes, and many other repercussions. A DUI lawyer can provide an objective and realistic perspective about DUI legal proceedings and results anticipated in your case. A DUI lawyer will work within the law to mitigate the severity of your penalty and build a strong case in your defense.
By law, you have the right to contact a DUI lawyer prior to making any statements to law enforcement following a DUI arrest. This right must be verbally disclosed by the arresting officer, in accordance with Miranda law. When an officer lawfully pulls you over, you must submit to the chemical testing of your blood, breath, or urine. This is required through implied consent laws which state that in accepting the rights and responsibilities of a driver's license you agree to comply with chemical testing requests.
A DUI lawyer will inform you of your rights and ensure that they are protected from the moment you seek his/her services. With intimate knowledge of the laws and your rights, a DUI lawyer will evaluate your case to determine if your rights have been violated at any time during your DUI ordeal. An arresting officer must adhere to specific protocol in DUI cases for their findings to be deemed admissible in a court of law.
There are some circumstances where chemical testing for drugs or alcohol can later be deemed unreliable evidence in a DUI case. A DUI lawyer will evaluate your case for any rights violations or points of weakness in the prosecution's case. A DUI lawyer may try to get your charges reduced to lower offenses or have the charges dropped, when they feel that doing so would be in the best interest of their client.
A DUI lawyer is a vital asset to the success of any DUI case. If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI, please contact us to speak with a qualified and experienced DUI lawyer who can evaluate your case to determine how best to protect and maximize you legal interests.
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