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3 reasons you need a DUI attorney

When drivers are arrested for driving under the influence, it is easy for them to mistakenly believe they are out of options. This often results in a failure to fully investigate the legal avenues open to them, which in turn means that many people wind up pleading guilty out of a sense of inevitability. After all, with tests that seem to show their guilt, it is easy to understand why some people give up.

The fact is, though, that these people are often leaving many avenues uninvestigated, and they also fail to realize that the tests used to determine whether drivers are operating vehicles under the influence are quite prone to error. Here are three reasons why everyone who is accused of driving under the influence should talk to a lawyer.

1. DUI defense

If you never talk to a lawyer about the charges brought against you, then you do not know whether there are good methods for fighting your DUI because you never get an outside opinion about whether the prosecutor has a good case. DUI defense can operate in a few ways:

  • Showing the test results are inaccurate because of medical conditions that change the results
  • Showing the results are inaccurate because of problems administering the test or weaknesses with the technology
  • Demonstrating other problems with the testing or arrest that call the state's case into question

While it is not always feasible to mount a full defense, the option is there. When one has been falsely accused, one should not have to pay the penalties for breaking the law.

2. Negotiation

The second reason why it is a good idea to have a lawyer on hand is to negotiate with the prosecution. Very often, even if you do take a plea, a prosecutor will not offer a defendant the same terms that would be offered to a criminal defense attorney acting on that person's behalf. As a result, many defendants wind up with penalties they could have avoided.

3. Protect your interests

Even if you intend to plead guilty, redirection into treatment can be a much more effective way of avoiding repeat DUI offenses than serving prison time or paying excessive fines. An experienced DUI attorney will understand how to make this argument to the court and how important it is to make sure the court understands it.

If you or someone you know has been arrested for DUI, contact an attorney right away for assistance with the defense.