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Is it Worth Hiring an Attorney?

If you are serious about retaining your driver’s license, keeping this off your permanent record, and staying out of jail, you absolutely need to hire an experienced DUI Attorney!  Here are the main reasons for hiring and experienced DUI attorney:

If you represent yourself

If you hire an experienced DUI Attorney

Driver’s License Hearing

You will not know how to effectively cross examine the police officer at the driver’s license hearing to save your license.Effective cross examination of the police officer ensures you maintain your license.
You will not know how to set the cop up for impeaching him/her at the subsequent criminal proceedings.Effective cross examination means setting up the cop with carefully crafted questions to set up the cop for impeachment in the criminal court for an easier dismissal.
You will not know how to introduce medical records to convince the hearing officer that you had a legitimate back or neck or leg or other physical problem that affected your ability to perform the field sobriety tests.I will effectively introduce medical/chiropractic and other relevant records showing legitimate prescriptions or other contributing chronic pain that explains failed field sobriety tests, debunking the assumption that the failure was due to alcohol.
You won’t know where the cop messed up.As an experienced DUI attorney, I have done thousands of these over the years and know when the cops take short cuts, forget to explain or demonstrate these tests, and expose them rushing to judgment, or conveniently “forgetting” to turn on the dash cam, etc.
You won’t know how to explain the little things you did that the cop marked as “clues” of impairment that really were due to some other legitimate cause, such as your eyes were itchy because you had been in a private club that had a lot of smoke in it, etc.I will be able to effectively persuade the hearing officer why your balance was not up to par, or why your eyes appeared to jiggle a bit….not because of alcohol, but some non-alcohol related cause.  I have a list of hundreds of causes of nystagmus other than alcohol…let’s see if any of these apply in your case to get this case thrown out!!!

If you represent yourself

If you hire an experienced DUI Attorney

Criminal Proceedings

The prosecutor will want you to tell him your side of the story…after that is over the prosecutor will make you “an offer”.  This offer will stink and will often include you pleading to the DUI and a recommendation of minimal jail if they dismiss the “other charges”, which half the time are fluffed up and not meritorious anyways.  They tack them on knowing you will want to negotiate with them.  This gives them an opportunity to appear to be working with you, when really they are not.I will get all the fluff charges eliminated before the real negotiations even get started.  I will then usually get the DUI either dismissed or amended to a non-DUI charge.  Many times I craft deals that mean no charge on the client’s record, at all!!!
Anything you say, even in good faith, can and likely will be used against you.What the attorney says during negotiations cannot be used against you since it is the attorney talking, not you!
You do not know the rules of evidence and the prosecutor knows this.  They will try to convince you that certain evidence will be excluded, or that other evidence will come in, like your prior crimes or speeding tickets, in order for you to just plead guilty.An experienced DUI attorney will set the prosecutor straight and will educate them on what evidence they have will not come in at trial, and what evidence you have that will, making their case much harder to win, justifying a dismissal or a reduced charge.
You will not know how to conduct a trial if you need to set the matter for trial.  The prosecutor knows this and it gives them a lot of leverage.If you have an experienced DUI attorney, the prosecutor will be much more hesitant on pulling a fast one over on you.