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Know the reasons you need to hire a drunk driving attorney

People usually try to save money wherever they can. When it comes to criminal cases, you don't want to shortchange your defense just to save a few dollars. The issue here is that you will usually get what you pay for when it comes to defense cases.

This isn't to say that you have to find the most expensive lawyer. Instead, you need someone to represent you who can do what they can do to either develop a strategy that will end with a not guilty verdict or find one that will minimize the penalties that you have to deal with.

Typically, you don't need an attorney if this is your first charge for drunk driving and you plan on pleading guilty. You might already know what penalties you are facing and are willing to deal with those as a way to atone for what you acknowledge you did.

There is an advantage to having a DUI lawyer on your side as you go through the process. You can sometimes get a plea deal if you have a DUI lawyer. Some prosecutors are only going to entertain the plea deal process if the person they are dealing with is another attorney.

In some cases, the plea bargain process is one that can mean that you might be able to reduce the penalties that you are facing. A plea deal can't do away with mandatory minimum sentences, but it can help to provide you with reductions in other penalties if you come to a successful agreement with the prosecutors. Ultimately, you have to do what you feel is best for your needs.

Source: FindLaw, "Should You Get a DUI Attorney?," accessed June 02, 2017

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