When Do You Need a Lawyer for a DUI/DWI Charge?

January 6, 2022

Driving drunk is a serious offense. If you’re charged with DUI/DWI in Florida, it’s smart to have a lawyer on your side. Without a legal advocate, there’s no real way to know whether you were the victim of an unethical cop, or if you were simply someone who should not have been operating a motor vehicle at that moment due to impairment.

If you’re not sure whether you need a DUI lawyer, read on for more information.

Why do you need a DUI lawyer?

When you’re charged with a DUI, it can affect everything from your personal relationships to your employment. It’s crucial that you hire an experienced DUI lawyer. Working with an attorney not only means that your constitutional rights will be upheld, but you’ll also get the best advocacy possible. Whether or not the charges are unfounded, you need someone who knows the ins and outs of the law to get the best outcome possible.

You should always get a lawyer’s opinion. They will be able to evaluate your case and tell you the most likely outcome, based on the facts and the law. Bring your case report, insurance documents and other information you think may have importance. This will help your attorney determine how your case may go and whether you need advocacy.

Can I hire a public defender?

If you meet the income and expense requirements in your state, you may qualify for a public defender to represent you. Public defenders do excellent work, and have the benefit of appearing on behalf of clients in similar situations each day. They may be able to get you a good deal, if you qualify.

If, however, you do not qualify for a public defender’s assistance, you’ll need a private attorney. You may also choose to hire a private defense attorney even if you qualify for a public defender. Hiring the right DUI lawyer can make the difference between going to jail or living your life normally.

While public defenders are great options for many, they do carry a higher caseload on average than a private criminal defense attorney. If you’d like individualized attention, a private attorney is more likely to be able to provide it.

Can I represent myself?

There is always the option of self-representation in any case. However, that’s not a good idea when you’re accused of a DUI. Because the consequences are so severe—you could face thousands of dollars in fines, and may have your license taken away for years at a time—it’s important to hire a lawyer.

While you might be able to negotiate traffic tickets and other small matters, when your freedom and life savings are on the line, hiring a DUI lawyer is always a good idea.

K.J. Law P.A. is here to help. If you’ve been accused of a DUI in Florida, make sure to call our office. We can help advocate for the best outcome possible, whether you’re at fault or not. Let us help you present your case in the best light when you call today.

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