DUI charges are no laughing matter. Many people feel that they can fight the charges on their own, without legal defense. If you fit into that category, you need to change your strategy as soon as possible. A DUI conviction can ruin your future. Unfortunately, your chances of being convicted increase when you represent yourself in court. A DUI lawyer will ensure the best representation for your DUI charges. Here are four situations that need the help of an attorney.
You've Had Previous DUI Arrests
If this is your first DUI, you may be able to get off with a fine or probation. But, if you've had previous DUI charges, a conviction may include stiffer penalties. One of those penalties may include jail time. If the prosecuting attorney is recommending jail time, it's important for you to receive the help of a DUI attorney.
You're Facing Felony DUI Charges
DUIs don't always require felony charges. In some cases, DUIs are charged as a misdemeanor instead. Misdemeanor charges usually include a first offense. They can also include offenses that don't include bodily injuries. If your DUI offense includes prior convictions, you may face felony charges. The same is true if bodily injuries or death occurred. A felony conviction may require prison time, supervised probation, or enhanced monetary penalties. When you face felony DUI charges, you need legal representation.
You've Refused the Sobriety Tests
During your traffic stop, the responding officer may have administered a variety of sobriety tests. Some of those tests included physical agility and balance tests. The police officer may also have administered a breathalyzer test. You do have the right to refuse those tests. But, refusals can cause additional legal problems for you. If you refused to cooperate with field sobriety tests, you need legal representation. It's important to note that a failed breathalyzer test can also be documented as a fail. Either way, you need to seek legal representation as soon as possible.
Your Employment is in Jeopardy
After an arrest, you want to get back to your life as soon as you can. But that's not always possible, especially after a DUI conviction. A DUI conviction can destroy your personal and professional life. In fact, your employer may use your DUI conviction as a reason to terminate your employment. Protect your personal and professional life. Hire a DUI attorney before you head to court for your DUI charges.
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