So you have been arrested and convicted of a DUI, and you are weighing the pros and cons of hiring a lawyer right? We all know that hiring an attorney can be pricey, but have you ever thought about the consequences of not having an experienced lawyer on your side? This article will discuss the possible consequences you could face if you choose to not hire a lawyer.
An experienced lawyer on your side can and probably will make a very big difference in your legal battles. The law system can be very hard to understand, and unless you have training in the legal process it is highly recommended to hire one. Having a lawyer on your side will probably help ease your nerves and let you relax a little bit. I know it is hard to relax when you have a DUI to worry about, but knowing that there is someone with experience on your side has to be worth something. If you do not have a lawyer fighting for you, you miss the chance to file an appeal. Each state and jurisdiction will have varying laws, but all of them will have some sort of deadline. Chances are that you, just like any non-lawyer, has no idea what these deadlines are. The ability to file an appeal may have a long-lasting effect on your case, and should you miss that deadline you will not be able to file that appeal. Once this deadline has passed, it is quite possible that you will have lost the ability to drive for a longer than needed time period. Only an experienced lawyer will be able to provide you with all the specifics of the appeal process.
If you do have a lawyer on your side, he or she may be able to help you keep your driving privileges. There are certain circumstances where the appeal process, even with a DUI, can allow you to maintain the ability to drive. This may include a hardship appeal which pretty says that without the ability to drive you will not be able to work, and this would create a hardship for you. This is something that your lawyer, should you choose to hire one, will do for you.
Many people really have no idea about the laws when it comes to a DUI. Perhaps during your arrest something went wrong, or actions were done that really shouldn’t have been done. Unless you have someone fighting for your rights, you may be being taken advantage of. An experienced DUI lawyer will be able to sometimes secure video tapes of your arrest and then make a determination of if that arrest was in fact valid. Your lawyer will also make sure that the reason that you were pulled over to begin with was indeed within the scope of the law.
So while you are considering if you should spend the money on hiring a lawyer, you may want to think about what could happen to you if you don’t. Most people would agree that having someone who is experienced and knowledge about laws pertaining to DUI is priceless. Who else is going to stand up and fight for you?