Does It Make a Difference If My Attorney is Familiar With the Courts?

  • September 2, 2017

    When you are arrested and charged with a DUI, you go through a myriad of emotions. You might be angry, shocked, upset, worried, panicked, fearful, and terrified. You certainly won’t think it’s humorous or welcome in your life when an officer puts you in the back of his or her car while reading you the Miranda Rights. Your entire life is changing in an instant, and the numerous questions flying through your mind right now are overwhelming.

    You know you have a right to hire an attorney, but do you hire one? Do you go through with the process of finding someone and paying them to work through your DUI case, or do you simply accept what is happening to you and take the consequences of your actions and roll with them? The decision is personal, but it’s always useful to hire an attorney. Before you consider using the attorney offered to you free of charge by the police, understand it makes a world of difference how familiar your Los Angeles DUI attorney is with DUI law and the courts.

    Why You Need An Attorney With Experience

    If you are arrested for a DUI, you want an attorney who can help you win your case. You don’t want to hire an attorney who doesn’t know anything about DUI law. You don’t know anything about DUI law, so why hire someone who is in the same position as you? You need to hire someone who now only knows all there is to know about DUIS and the law, but also has familiar working in a Los Angeles court.

    What does this mean? It means you don’t want to hire a brand-new attorney who has never worked a court case in his or her life, and you don’t want to hire one who just moved here from another city or state and isn’t familiar yet with the laws associated with DUI charges in Los Angeles. You want someone with experience, someone who knows the local courts, and someone who knows what to do.

    The Benefit of An Attorney with Experience

    There are too many to count, but one of the best benefits of hiring an attorney with experience working in a Los Angeles court is their familiarity with the judges and prosecuting attorneys. If your attorney has worked with these people for years, he or she knows what they are like. This means you might have an advantage if you hire an attorney who knows the judge or prosecutor in your case. They might know what they respond to, how likely they are to drop charges, how busy they are, and more.

    This information can sometimes help your attorney negotiate a deal for you, figure out how to plead, and even know what kind of evidence can help more than others. It’s called an advantage in court, and you should not hesitate to use it if it’s available to you. If you are charged with a DUI in Los Angeles, you want an attorney with experience because the consequences of a conviction are serious.

    – Up to a year in jail
    – Fines up to $1,0000
    – A suspended license
    – Probation
    – Alcohol classes
    – IID in your vehicle

    These are the minimum charges issued to first-time DUI offenders who didn’t cause anyone any injuries before they were arrested. If you have been arrested and charged with a DUI in the past or you hurt someone when you were driving under the influence, you will be charged with a felony.

    – Up to five years in jail
    – Fines up to $5,000
    – A revoked license
    – Probation
    – Alcohol classes

    You need an attorney on your side. You don’t want to go to jail or pay that much money when you’re arrested. You want someone who is familiar with the courts and the law on your side so you’re able to get the best deal if something happens to you. Your job is to spend your time focused on what you can do to get through this while your attorney focuses on how to proceed in court so you can get through this.

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