DUI is just a misdemeanor. Why Do I even need a DUI Lawyer?
In nearly 100% of cases, I recommend for someone charged with a DUI to hire an attorney. DUI cases can be very complicated.
Your time, money, and reputation are at stake. If your job requires that you have a driver’s license, you could be in real trouble. If you aren’t represented by a DUI Lawyer, you may very likely lose your driver’s license.
A DUI Lawyer may be able to prevent a suspension of your driving privileges. If I am not able to prevent a suspension, I may be able to reduce the amount of time that your license would be suspended. You may be eligible for a work permit or I may be able to schedule the suspension time in a way that is more convenient for you. Long story short, I may be able to negotiate when your suspension will start and how long it will last.
Call (770)387-4LAW to schedule your free consultation with a DUI Lawyer today!
In addition to your license being suspended there are other consequences that may impact your future if you are unrepresented and are convicted of DUI. I have written posts about the punishments for a first DUI conviction here; a second DUI conviction here; and a third DUI conviction here. I also discuss alternatives to jail time here.
Should I hire a private DUI Lawyer or use a public defender?
Public defenders often have case loads exceeding 50 different clients. They represent people that have been charged with a wide variety of offenses ranging from DUI and other misdemeanors to felony cases including murder. On any given day in court, they may have to meet with each client, evaluate their case, and advise them. Additionally, if you decide to use a public defender you cannot choose which one will represent you.
The biggest drawback to using a public defender is that the attorney assigned to you may not know how to best handle DUI cases. On the other hand, they may not have enough time to fully evaluate your case. It is also important to note that most public defenders will not represent you at an ALS hearing regarding your driver’s license.
If you are represented by the public defender’s office you have to realize that, they have so many cases and clients that they may not be able to devote the time and attention to your case that you probably need and definitely deserve.
It is important to talk to a DUI Lawyer as soon as possible after your arrest for DUI. You only have 10 days to request an ALS hearing to fight for your license. If you wait until your court date to hire a DUI Lawyer or request a public defender, you will probably have missed the time-sensitive window to protect your driver’s license prior to trial.