When you are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), you are facing serious legal consequences. You have probably already heard the news that your driver’s license will be suspended if convicted. You will also likely be ordered to attend a formal alcohol education class. You will face jail time and hefty fines if you are convicted. In fact, the average cost of a DUI in Colorado is over $13,000! Not to mention lost wages from a jail term.
This means you will need an experienced DUI defense attorney on your side from the start.
Q. What is a DUI attorney?
A. A DUI attorney is a lawyer who specializes in fighting DUI charges. DUI attorneys can help you through the process and ensure that you get fair and just treatment.
Q. How do I advocate for the best possible outcome for my case?
A. Your DUI attorney will determine the best possible outcome for your case based on your unique circumstances and the details of your arrest. DUI attorneys can discuss with you the implications of a conviction, including possible jail time, loss of driving privileges, chemical testing, community service, probation, and how to arrange for a drug evaluation.
Q. Is there a difference between a first and a second offense?
A. First offenses are treated similarly by the law and result in similar penalties. “aggravated DUI” charges, or DUI charges with a higher than minimum DUI degree, require longer probation, and more fines, than a first offense. You can check the local courthouse’s records to see how long each of your previous DUI convictions have been.
Q. Is it wise to hire a DUI Attorney with a well-known reputation?
A. Although the law makes no distinction between experienced and inexperienced lawyers, some states do take into account the quality of an attorney’s past cases when determining whether to retain them on a case. If you have prior criminal charges, are represented by a public defender, or are charged with serious crimes such as vehicular manslaughter, drunken driving, or repeat DUI offenses, it is often more advisable to hire an experienced attorney.
Q. Where should I look to find a good DUI lawyer?
A. You should definitely consult your local criminal defense attorney, a friend who has already been through the process, a former colleague, a member of the legal board of your DUI Lawyer Association, or any other resource that may provide you with information regarding qualified DUI lawyers.
Q. Is it possible to get a great DUI attorney for a cheap price?
A. It is certainly not impossible, but in this day and age it is a good idea to spend as much time searching for a qualified attorney as possible, rather than settling for the first DUI attorney you come across.
Q. Can my DUI record affect my future?
A. Yes, DUI laws are very complex and can even have a dramatic effect on your future; in fact, it is possible to lose your driver’s license right after you are arrested, and you may be required to pay heavy fines and endure jail time, if your record is poor.
You can also lose your job and your housing if convicted of DUI.