The majority of people that have been arrested for DUI are experiencing the criminal justice system for the first time. DUI cases are different from the majority of other criminal cases. DUI arrests can happen to people from all walks of life and across the economic spectrum. If you are caught drinking and driving, or driving while impaired in any manner, it does not matter whether you are a millionaire or receiving public assistance. You will be arrested and have DUI charges filed against you. Persons in this situation will frequently have the same question immediately following a DUI arrest: Do I need a lawyer? The answer to this question is a resounding YES. It is not a good idea to represent yourself in criminal court if you are facing DUI charges.
DUI is a criminal offense, which means that you could go to jail. If you go to court alone, the judge and the prosecutor will try to persuade you to plea guilty or no contest to the DUI charges at the arraignment (the first court appearance in a criminal case). You will give up your right to fight the case and go to trial if you decide to plea guilty or no contest. Neither the judge nor the prosecutor will review the police report with you and tell you how strong the evidence is against you. They will not tell you if any of your constitutional rights may have been violated. They will not review the breath test machine records or blood analysis reports from the lab to verify that the tests accurately measured your blood alcohol content at the time the chemical tests were given.
A good DUI Lawyer knows what evidence to look for in DUI arrest reports in order to analyze the strengths and weaknesses against you. A good DUI Lawyer can use the weaknesses in the case against you to negotiate a more favorable plea bargain (much better than what you will be offered in court if representing yourself), to exclude certain evidence from being used against you, to obtain a dismissal of the charges, or to win a NOT GUILTY verdict if the case proceeds to trial.
Not everyone can afford to hire a lawyer to represent them in their DUI case. If you are unemployed or make little money, request the court to appoint the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office, or the Public Defender's Office in the county where you are facing charges, to represent you. If you do not qualify for a Public Defender, or other court appointed lawyer, you will need to hire your own private attorney. Make sure that you hire an experienced DUI Lawyer to represent you. There are many good attorneys that do not handle DUI cases very well due to a lack of understanding of the particular issues that are unique to California DUI Law. Berglund Law Office, P.C. specializes in defending persons facing DUI charges. DUI Lawyer Robert D. Berglund has represented hundreds of clients in this situation. He fights for each and every one of them to ensure that they are treated fairly and receive the best possible outcome in their cases. CONTACT our office today for a free and confidential consultation.