Driving under the influence is classified as a crime, meaning your case will be handled in criminal court. It is very much in your best interest to seek legal representation from an experienced DUI lawyer in Tavares, FL for your case. Otherwise, you might not be able to receive the best possible outcome.
Here are just a few examples of some of the reasons why working with an attorney is so crucial.
Getting an attorney’s opinion
It’s very difficult and potentially impossible for anyone who does not have legal experience and who has not gone through law school to accurately assess their case’s strengths and weaknesses and the defense methods available to them. When you consider the constantly changing nature of DUI law, this makes it even more difficult to assess your case without legal assistance.
A DUI lawyer will be able to meet you for a free consultation appointment, at which he or she will be able to clearly outline your case, your likely outcomes and the defense methods available to you.
Plea offer or not?
There are some locations that have standard plea deals for first-time DUI offenders, in which case an attorney may not be necessary—you get the same result for pleading guilty or no contest no matter what. However, for offenses that do not have a standard plea deal, your attorney can help you determine whether or not taking any kind of plea offer is worthwhile, or if you have the ability to fight the charges and get a better deal in the long run.
Even when there are standard plea offers that affect your case, an experienced attorney could very well be able to negotiate that standard offer if they’re able to demonstrate flaws that exist in the prosecution’s case, or if they’re able to present mitigating factors to the prosecutor.
Familiarity with local courts
Another benefit of working with an attorney is that they have an established rapport and familiarity with many of the other figures in local courts, such as other attorneys, prosecutors, judges and officials. This can help with negotiations, as there is a sort of business relationship that exists among these figures.
Ability to go to trial
Not many DUI cases will go to trial, but if you believe you have a chance to get off in the case, a trial may actually benefit you. However, without an attorney by your side, you’re going to have a very hard time succeeding. Not only do you need to know the ins and outs of DUI law to have any chance at success, but you’re also going to need to know trial procedure. And even if you do have all of this knowledge at your disposal, you’ll find that you simply won’t get the same level of respect from judges and other attorneys when representing yourself as an attorney representing you would, meaning you’d be at a disadvantage from the start.
For more information about the various benefits associated with working with a DUI lawyer in Tavares, FL, contact K.J. Law P.A. today and we’ll be happy to speak with you.
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