We won't sugar coat it: If you are charged with DUI, you are facing a rough road ahead. We have seen many people who insisted on going to court without an attorney, and there are many reasons why this is a bad idea. Here are the top 5 reasons why you need an experienced DUI attorney representing you when you are facing DUI charges.
No one ever wants his or her case to go to trial, but in the event that it does, you do not want to have to show up to court without a lawyer. Simply put, no amount of research you do on your own can quite prepare you for representing yourself at trial.
Presenting and Refuting Evidence
Many people who choose to represent themselves in a criminal defense trial will take the prosecution's evidence at face value, not knowing that there might be issues with the validity of the evidence. An experienced attorney not only presents their evidence on your behalf, but also identifies holes or faulty information associated with the prosecution's evidence to help win your case.
Access to Expert Witnesses
In any DUI trial, there are likely to be expert witnesses who can help you avoid jail time, but you may not know who they are or where to find them. Experienced attorneys, on the other hand, have likely worked with expert witnesses before and can use them to your advantage as well.
Get a Reduced Sentence
You may not be able to avoid jail time or fees altogether, but your best chance for getting a reduction in your sentence or in the fines that you owe is to work with a qualified lawyer.
Give Yourself the Best Advantage
The prosecution has a great team of lawyers on their side and you should give yourself the same advantage. Working with a court-appointed attorney can be helpful but it is not without costs. If you are going to be paying for a lawyer anyway, you can control the situation and hire the best. Request a consultation today or give The Lopes Law Firm a call at (404) 589-9000. We're here to help you!