What do DUI lawyers do?

What do DUI lawyers do?

Mariam Sulakian
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If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, or “driving under the influence,” you have probably been charged with a misdemeanor, although some circumstances can classify the charge as a felony. A DUI can have serious consequences, including financial damage and jail time.

Because a DUI is a criminal conviction, it can hurt your ability to find employment, take out loans, or find low car insurance rates. 

According to the California DMV, nearly 74% of all DUI charges led to conviction in 2016. The most frequent repercussion was probation, and over 70% of offenders were sentenced to jail time. 

What is a DUI lawyer?

DUI lawyers are criminal defense attorneys who focus on DUI cases. These lawyers educate their clients on the charges against them, often state-specific, and represent his client in court. Your lawyer will also track your legal filings, keeping in mind any upcoming deadlines.

How strong is my case?

A DUI lawyer can help you determine the strength of your case. He will investigate the situation, including police conduct, at the time of your arrest to ensure all legal procedures were followed. This review can help you keep your driver's license, avoid an ignition interlock, and prevent a criminal record. An ignition interlock is a type of breathalyzer installed in your car that prevents you from starting the vehicle until you pass the breath alcohol test.

Your DUI lawyer can also help select the jury and expert witnesses and make sure you have investigators working on your behalf.

When should I hire a lawyer?

You should seek a lawyer before going to trial. As an expert in DUI cases, your lawyer will recommend the best course of action for you to take, and often negotiations held prior to heading into the courtroom can save you significant time and energy. If and when you go to court, it’s almost always a good idea to have someone representing you who knows the specific state laws and can bolster your case as much as possible.

A lawyer might also suggest a plea bargain or get your charges dropped altogether, depending on the circumstances of your arrest. These conversations can help ensure that you’re aware of the evidence that will be held against you in court.

How much will a DUI lawyer cost?

A DUI case costs $10,000 on average for a first offense, including lost income. Attorney fees may account for a fifth of that cost. Other costs include court-ordered fines, educational courses, and bail.

While upfront costs of hiring an attorney may seem significant, handling your case with proper care can save you expenses in the long run. A DUI violation can increase insurance rates by 71%, according to The Zebra. 


This article is intended to convey generally useful information only and does not constitute legal advice. Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author, not LawChamps.
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