A DUI attorney is an attorney who offers expertise in the area of DUI defense. Depending on the state that you’re in, you may be charged with DUI (Driving Under the Influence) or DWI (Driving While Intoxicated or Driving While Impaired). While certain states have different names for the virtually the same DUI/DWI offense; all states have laws that prohibit drivers from operating vehicles while under the influence of alcohol. Your DUI lawyer will be able to help you whether you’re being charged with a DUI or DWI.
CAN A DUI ATTORNEY HELP ME FIGHT MY DUI CHARGES?
Yes! If you were arrested for DUI, an officer believed that you were operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drug(s) to the extent that your motor skills, mental faculties and reaction times were so impaired that you were unable to operate that motor vehicle safely. Your DUI attorney is going to call into question the arresting officer’s procedures and argue the fallibility of the alcohol tests.
When you are arrested for DUI, two separate cases start. There’s the criminal court case, which determines fines, jail time, community service, and other similar items. And there’s also the administrative or civil side, which determines your licensing issues and can determine the length of your DUI school. A DUI attorney will always help you with the criminal portion and will typically, as an added service, assist you with the administrative hearing concerning your license suspension or revocation.
IS HIRING A DUI ATTORNEY REALLY WORTH IT?
Absolutely yes! It is always a smart move to hire an experienced DUI attorney who understands your state’s DUI laws. A good DUI attorney will be able to assist you with the two separate cases that you are facing and offer DUI defense strategies.
It is imperative that you hire a DUI attorney if you were arrested or charged with DUI enhancements such as a high blood alcohol content (BAC), driving with minor(s) in the vehicle, causing a collision, property damage or injury to other persons, or if you have prior DUI convictions.