Driving a car when you are drunk is can be considered either a misdemeanor or a felony. And if the police arrest you, for driving when drunk, you may need to hire a DUI lawyer. A DUI stands for driving under the influence. The legal dictionary gives the following definition: “It refers to operating a motor vehicle while one’s blood alcohol content is above the legal limit. That limit is set by statute, which supposedly is the level at which a person cannot drive safely. State statutes vary as to what that level is, and it ranges from .08 to .10.”
The consequences of a DUI are different in every state. They are influenced by your age, blood alcohol content (BAC). The facts that you were arrested for a DUI in the past, and you injured a person or caused death during driving under the influence also matter.
What does a DUI attorney do?
A defense lawyer represents you even if it is your first offense. It is even more important for you to hire an attorney if it is your second, third offense. And there are many things your attorney can do for you: he/she knows the local courts, negotiates with prosecutors, and helps to extenuate your conviction. When you face DUI charges, you may decide whether that penalties are minor enough to represent yourself or you can quickly take a plea bargain with the prosecutor. Be aware, every DUI charge is different. In short, a DUI attorney will make the process manageable.
Why hire a DUI attorney?
The answer to this question depends on such facts, as the state you live in, your financial and personal situation, the ability to represent yourself, and whether you can handle the process on your own.
Your first offense
So, if the current DUI is your first offense, it is rare that the judge may impose on executed jail time. This may happen when you had a very high test reading (over 16), you refused testing, had children in your car or had an accident. You should do everything to try to keep the DUI from staying on your criminal and driving record. In this case, an experienced attorney can help you.
If driving under the influence is a regular thing for you, you should be thinking about hiring an attorney. Every DUI carries more penalties than the last one. You should know that every region treats repeated offenses in different ways. An experienced lawyer will help you to manage penalties in a way that fits you. He/she will put things in the best light.
To conclude, if you are arrested for a DUI, consulting a DUI attorney may help you to discuss your options. If it is the first time this has happened to you, you have a low BAC and you have not injured anybody, and the case is not very serious, you may represent yourself. But for repeated offenses, you had better hire a lawyer who will always help you. And remember, deciding to hire an attorney or not is a personal choice.