Being accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is no joke. Depending on the severity of the case, you can end up paying large fines and/or spending months in jail. If you live in California, the problem doesn’t just stop there — being charged with a DUI will have serious consequences with your insurance, your employment opportunities, and your DMV records, not to mention your criminal record. Because of these, it’s imperative to hire a DUI lawyer ASAP.
But don’t just hire any DUI lawyer. If you want to get the lightest possible sentence or even have the charges dropped, you’ll want to hire someone who has years of experience in the legal field.
How Experienced Attorneys Stand Out
Technically, there’s nothing wrong with hiring new attorneys since they do understand the law. However, an experienced DUI lawyer will have an edge that inexperienced attorneys do not. For one thing, spending years on the job has helped them become more familiar with the court system, which means they know the ins and outs that will help you get great results on your case. They’ve also developed excellent plea bargaining knowledge and skills, which they can use to convince the prosecution to change your charge to a lesser offense.
An added bonus: an experienced DUI lawyer knows how to handle complicated administration procedures, which means there’s no need for you to deal with these steps (and the accompanying headaches) on your own.
What an Experienced Attorney Can Do for You
Obviously, anyone charged with a DUI will want their attorney to prove their innocence. However, you have to realize that it goes beyond that. When you have an experienced attorney by your side, you’ll have someone who will do the following:
Help you understand your case
If it’s your first time to be charged of a DUI, you might be confused and apprehensive about everything that you’re facing. A good lawyer will ensure you understand every facet of your case. This, in turn, will help allay your fears since you now have an idea of what will happen.
Review your case
Great attorneys know that the devil is in the details. Because of this, your lawyer will thoroughly evaluate your case and find out if the state handled it properly or not. If there are mistakes (for instance, if the police pulled you over even when you didn’t violate a traffic rule), he will use it as a way to obtain a lesser offense for you or even prove you innocent.
Do plea bargaining on your behalf
Plea bargaining is essential if you’re in the “zone of uncertainty”. This includes having inconclusive field sobriety tests. Also, having a blood alcohol level of just 0.09 or 0.10 (the acceptable level is below 0.8). Not injuring someone, and showing no untoward behavior, may also fall into this “zone”. Having an experienced attorney means working with an expert who has an in-depth knowledge of plea bargaining and can help you change a DUI to reckless driving (which has less severe punishment).
Reduce your chances of going to trial
Many prosecutors hesitate to bring a minor DUI case to trial if they know they’re facing experienced and skillful attorneys. Simply having one by your side is already a huge boost to your case.
Help you bargain for less intensive sentences
Even if you plea guilty, your attorney can still help you with sentence bargaining. This can help reduce the length of time you’ll spend in prison and/or the amount of fines you must pay.
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Having an experienced attorney can make all the difference in your case. Fortunately, if you’re based in Kern County, you don’t have to look far since Joel Lueck can help. With his years of experience as a criminal defense attorney, he can provide you with the excellent legal assistance you need for your DUI case.