I'm always surprised that people don't realize that a DUI is a criminal offense and they could go to jail for it. Obviously, the answer is yes you need an attorney unless you just want to throw yourself on the mercy of the court and hope you don't go to jail, lose your driver's license, put on probation and host of other things that are potentially possible.
I guess the question in most people's minds is, why is a DUI criminal? I don't get it. Well, because if you're out there driving on the road and you drank alcohol and have the potential to hurt somebody, obviously they're going to take that very seriously.
Now they're even filing murder charges when somebody kills somebody related to a DUI because in society now, the prosecutors, judges and police figure that everybody now knows that if you drink and drive you could kill somebody. There's people being killed all over the road, especially in Los Angeles, which is such a huge metropolis with all of these drivers out there.
Helping You Navigate The DUI Legal Process
So, the bottom line is, you absolutely need an attorney. There's so many different areas when it comes to a DUI where an attorney can be useful: dealing with the DMV so they don't take your driver's license away — and if they are going to take your driver's license away, trying to get the driver's license back as quick as possible, what you have to do in order to do that to make sure that you cover yourself.
You're also going to be sent into a Los Angeles County criminal court where you can be sent to jail, where there's judges and prosecutors. Unless you have experience and training related to DUI's, obviously you want an attorney to help you.
Retaining A DUI Lawyer Is Crucial
Hiring your own attorney, in my opinion, is crucial because you're going to be able to talk to that attorney face to face before the court date, give them all the details — not only about your case, the arrest and what happened — but about you as a person, so they go in there armed with information that can help you; armed with the ability to be able to try to convince the prosecutors that you don't deserve the worse punishment. You don't deserve to go to jail. You don't deserve a lot of the bad things that can come related to a DUI.
So, when you're looking at a criminal conviction, jail time and the loss of your license and a host of other issues, of course you need an attorney to represent you and you need somebody that you hired that knows your story.
An attorney who and can go in there and work for you and try to get you a result that does damage control and takes into account your life and all the important things you need to do related to having your vehicle, and not putting a mark on your life that will affect your future, your career and a lot of different areas of your life if you end up with a criminal conviction — especially if you can't get the criminal conviction off.
So, depending on what happens with your case — not matter what it is — you need an attorney. As far as what the attorney can do to help you, that's going to be determined by exactly what you did, what you're charged with and what potential defenses are available to you and what damage control the attorney is able to do in resolving your matter. Contact us to review the details of your case.
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