Driving under the influence of alcohol or any other substance is illegal in every state in the U.S., which means you’ll have to go through criminal court if you’re charged with a DUI. While you have the right to represent yourself, as you do with any other crime, it is strongly recommended you either work with a private attorney or public defender in your case, even if you don’t intend to contest the charges.
Here’s some information you should know about retaining a criminal attorney in Lubbock, TX for your DUI case and why this approach is worth your while.
Getting recommendations based on years of experience
Perhaps the best aspect of having an attorney to represent you in your DUI case is that you can trust that any recommendations you get from the attorney will be based on a vast pool of legal knowledge built up over years of experience. A person who does not have any legal training or experience simply will not be able to assess the strengths and weaknesses of their case in the same way a skilled attorney can. Consider the many complications and constant changes associated with DUI law, and the unique nature of every case, and it becomes very difficult for you to represent yourself, making it extremely important for you to have someone else who’s capable of taking on that role.
At the very least, you should sit down for an initial consultation with a potential DUI attorney. Most attorneys give free consultations to clients in these circumstances, at which you can discuss some of the basics of your case and get a sense of the best route for you to proceed with your case. Be sure to bring along any documents associated with your case, and any questions you would like to have answered.
Keep in mind that if your case does go to trial, you’ll need an attorney if you want to have a reasonable chance of success. While you can represent yourself, it’s almost never wise to do so, as you’ll be severely disadvantaged when going against an experienced prosecuting attorney.
Does it ever make sense not to hire an attorney?
There are a few circumstances in which you might not necessarily need an attorney, even if it’s a good idea to work with one anyway. As one such example, prosecutors tend to offer first-offense plea offers to DUI offenders, giving them a chance to take the lower allowable penalties with a guilty plea. This is usually not a bad option for someone with no prior DUI convictions and who did not have any aggravating factors in their particular case.
The more complicating factors that exist in your case, though, the more you need an attorney. Experienced attorneys are even capable of bringing down the standard offer in these cases by pointing to weaknesses in the case the prosecution has built against you.
For more information about the best way to proceed with your DUI case, contact a criminal attorney in Lubbock, TX at The Law Office of Rob Biggers today.
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