DUI is a not a minor offense
Some people consider DUI a minor charge. You pay a fine, maybe lose your license for a couple of months, and that’s it. But in most jurisdictions, someone facing a DUI charge may be facing jail time, even for a first offense. DUI penalties also get much harsher with subsequent convictions. While a first DUI may get you a slap on the wrist, a second one is likely to get you jail time and a lengthy license suspension.
What a DUI lawyer can do for you
One of the most important thing a DUI lawyer can do for you is potentially get your DUI charge reduced or thrown out. DUI charges, especially first offenses, are often pleaded down to lesser charges such as reckless driving. This is more likely if there is some question about the accuracy of breathalyzer equipment or if officers had a questionable reason for stopping you. An experienced DUI attorney will look at these and other factors that could lessen your charge. Even if you can’t get your DUI charge reduced, a DUI attorney can negotiate on your behalf to ensure you get a sentence that is fair and in line with sentences for similar defendants. If you have special circumstances, such as the prospect of losing your job if you lose your license, your attorney can help negotiate favorable terms for your sentence.