I'm always surprised that people don't realize that a DUI is a criminal offense and could go to jail. The answer is yes; you need an attorney unless you want to throw yourself at the mercy of the court and hope you don't go to jail, lose your driver's license, be 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. In society now, the prosecutors, judges, and police figure that everybody now knows that if you drink and drive, you could kill somebody. People are being killed all over the road, especially in Los Angeles, a vast metropolis with all of these drivers out there.
So, the bottom line is, you need an attorney. There are so many different areas when it comes to a DUI where an attorney can be helpful to deal 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 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 are judges and prosecutors. Unless you have experience and training related to DUI's you want an attorney to help you.
Retaining A DUI Lawyer Is Crucial
Hiring your attorney, in my opinion, is crucial because you're going to be able to talk to that attorney's 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 earn 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 essential 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, you need an attorney, no matter what it is. As far as what the attorney can do to help you, that's going to be determined by precisely what you did, what you're charged with, what potential defenses are available to you, and what damage control the attorney can do in resolving your matter. Contact us to review the details of your case.