Many people ask if they really need to hire an attorney to defend them if they are pulled over for a DUI. Some argue that they can defend themselves just as well as an attorney could defend them. The truth is that hiring an experienced DUI attorney has many benefits. DUI attorneys have an in-depth knowledge of how the court systems work, when to make a plea bargain, and how to file the proper documentation in court. This information and experience is something that most people do not have at their disposal.
While there are some rare instances where a first offender may not want to seek the advice of a DUI attorney, all second offenders should seek an attorney’s help. The fines, loss of license, and potential jail time that accompany repeat DUI offenders can be life-changing.
While all attorneys understand criminal law, not all attorneys specialize in it. For this reason, it is not enough to hire any attorney to defend you against a DUI. It is best to find an attorney who specializes in defending DUI cases. Even if a person is adamant about defending themselves in court, the advice that a DUI attorney can offer prior to the accused appearing in court is invaluable.
Los Angeles has some strenuous DUI laws. A second offense can result in two years of license suspension and fines up to $1,800. A third offense can result in jail time of up to one year, three years with a suspended license, and fines in excess of $1,800. An experienced DUI attorney can help reduce or avoid some of these consequences.