If you have been charged with DUI or DWI, you may be frightened and wondering what to do. Many details may be involved in your charge and will need to be examined by an experienced DUI attorney, some that you may not even be aware of. Learn more about some the reasons you will need to hire an attorney to provide you legal representation in court about your DUI/DWI charge.
Dealing With The Prosecutor
The prosecutor in your case is the one you will go up against in court. The prosecutor represents the state and in some cases, the other drivers you may hit or injured if you were involved in accident because of being drunk or intoxicated. Keep in mind that if other drivers are involved in your case, they may have their own attorney and you will have his or her prosecuting statements to fight as well. Pleading your case before these people, the judge and a jury if you have a jury trial is not something you need to do without experienced legal representation.
Plea Bargaining In Your Case
When you enter the court room for your initial arraignment, you be formally charged with a DUI/DWI charge and asked how you plead. At this point, your attorney may advise you to plead guilty in exchange for lesser sentence or fine. During your plea bargaining, it will be easier for an attorney to reach a bargain with the prosecution that he or she will then present to you. Most people always have an attorney, whether it is one that is appointed to them or one they have hired on their own, for dealing with the prosecution during plea bargaining. However, in today's courts, plea bargains offered for DUI/DWI cases are becoming less frequent. Your attorney can help you determine whether or not to plead not guilty if you are not offered a plea bargain.
Facing A Jury
Your attorney may provide you with a lot of advice and support about the steps the law in your area will take about a DUI/DWI charge. However, one of the best benefits of having an experienced attorney is having him or her by your side when facing a jury during your trial. You may feel as though everyone in the court doesn't like you or truly believes you are guilty despite the fact you could be innocent. During your case for a DUI/DWI charge, your lawyer will feel like your best friend in the world.
If you have been charged with DUI or DWI, discussing your options right now with an experienced attorney is important.