What can a Lawyer Actually do for me on a Los Angeles DUI Charge?

  • September 1, 2017

    Los Angeles DUI laws are tough, and that’s why anyone arrested and charged with DUI should hire an attorney with DUI experience. Most people arrested for DUI are unfamiliar with the court system and how it works. They don’t know what is required of them, what things mean, and how to go about proving their innocence or handling their case. Attorneys are familiar with this. They can help clients get their charges reduced. They can help them get their charges dropped, and they can help them get through a DUI charge with ease. If you’ve been arrested for DUI in Los Angeles, you want an attorney. Here are several reasons why you must call immediately.

    Attorneys Know the Law

    What most people fail to realize is the complexities of the law. There are many reasons people go to jail, and there are many reasons you might not end up seeing what you expected during the course of your DUI. You might not know how to handle DUI laws if they pertain to drugs or even prescriptions rather than alcohol. You might not know there is a difference between a DUI arrest where there are no injuries or property damage versus one where someone was hurt or property was damaged.

    There are misdemeanor charges and felony charges. There are people who haven’t been arrested before and those who have, and many people have no idea the arresting officer must show probable cause when pulling anyone over for a DUI stop. If you don’t know you can prove to a jury your case is invalid due to a lack of probable cause, you might end up in jail, paying expensive fines, and you might lose your license. An attorney knows this is one of the most important things to look for in a DUI case, and they could have put an end to the case from the start.

    Your Attorney Represents You

    If you have a job, kids, or you don’t even live in Los Angeles when you’re arrested for DUI, it helps to have an attorney on hand to make appearances in court for you. When your attorney appears on your behalf, you needn’t take time off work, arrange for care for the kids, or even travel into the state to appear. It’s a lot less stress on you, and it’s a lot more security when it comes to your case.

    The only times this doesn’t make a difference is when your charge is a felony charge. If you have a prior DUI record and/or you injured someone or caused an accident when you were arrested for DUI, you must appear in court regardless your attorney’s presence. However, you won’t know this if you don’t have an attorney working for you during the course of your legal troubles.

    Attorneys Help Reduce or Drop Charges

    If your attorney can prove the prosecutor hasn’t enough evidence to fully support a conviction or that someone forgot to handle your arrest according to the laws in place to protect you, you can see your charges dropped. You can also see your charges reduced if your attorney is willing to negotiate on your behalf, which he or she will do if there is any chance you could be found guilty. This can save your license, keep you out of jail, and maybe even reduce your fines.
    Going without an attorney in this situation often means you end up with the sentence the prosecutor wants to see. You won’t like it, and you won’t be able to do anything about it if you’re not familiar with the law. An attorney is beneficial in this instance.

    When you’re arrested for DUI, you must hire an attorney to help. You are entitled to a public defender if you cannot afford or choose not to hire an attorney of your own, or you can hire an attorney of your own. There are many aspects involved in DUI arrests in LA, and it’s helpful to have someone with firsthand knowledge of the law working with you should you end up in jail charged with DUI. Call an attorney before you speak to anyone. It’s your right, and it’s one of the most important rights you should use when arrested.

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