Why you need an attorney for a first-time DUI

The consequences of driving under the influence have been on the rise. It is a serious offense in which you face both civil and criminal penalties. The thought of a conviction can be quite frightening; your driving privileges and freedom are at risk. Should you trust your own representation throughout the process? A DUI might be a common infraction, but it still is scary to face alone because there is so much at stake.

If this is your first offense, you might be tempted to simply plead guilty. The stakes are high; you could serve time in jail or be required to complete a mandatory treatment program. In addition, you would bear the expense of the treatment program. Then, you will be responsible for court costs and fines, which could potentially exceed $1,500. Your driver’s license could be suspended for up to 90 days. You would also be responsible for any administrative reinstatement fees and may have to have an ignition interlock device installed on your car at your expense.

Reasons to have an attorney on your side

  • Do you know the complexities of Arizona DUI laws?
  • Will you recognize inconsistencies in procedures by the authorities?
  • Do you know your legal rights, and can you protect yourself against any incriminating statements you might make?
  • Do you have the knowledge to challenge the legality of the field sobriety test or blood alcohol level testing?
  • Do you know the system, the prosecutors and judge?
  • Can you present your case in a professional, sound manner before the court?

Your attorney acts as an advocate, giving you an honest assessment of your situation to let you choose the best possible outcome. There is no one else who is on your team. A lot of the anxiety in any situation is the fear of the unknown. Your attorney can help you stay on top of court dates and filings that have to be made to protect your rights. When you know what to expect, you can make better decisions about your future.

Face the future with more confidence

An Arizona DUI can affect you for the rest of your life, and it will certainly affect your immediate income and circumstances. When you are unsure of the outcome, it is a good sign you need someone to help you understand your situation. Your attorney should never guarantee anything, but a good lawyer knows how courts typically handle similar cases. This information is invaluable in moving forward to get the best possible outcome.