DUI Lawyers

If you're facing DUI charges, it's important to understand the seriousness of a DUI conviction. State DUI laws and penalties are complex and varied and the process of getting from a DUI arrest to a DUI conviction or acquittal can be complicated.

Enlisting the help of a DUI lawyer can provide a number of benefits, including these:

  • You don't have to learn the laws. State DUI laws are written in legal jargon, which is often tedious to decipher for those without a legal degree.
  • You don't have to learn the process. Lawyers who are familiar with courtroom proceedings and the progression of DUI cases can guide you for the duration of your case.
  • You know your best interest is protected. The state's best interest does not always align with the best interest of a person charged with driving under the influence. A DUI lawyer can help make sure your rights are respected throughout the DUI process.
  • You can know what to expect. Proceeding unaided through the legal system can be daunting, in part because most non-lawyers aren't aware of what potential penalties a given crime might elicit. Your lawyer can explain to you what you can expect from a conviction, an acquittal or a plea deal so that you can proceed with confidence.

Ask a DUI Lawyer about Your Rights

Being charged with DUI can cause a person significant distress. But it's important to remember that all Americans, regardless of the charges against them, have certain rights that cannot be violated. As your lawyer can explain to you, those charged with DUI enjoy the following rights:

  • Rights during an arrest: If you've ever watched a TV law drama, you're probably familiar with the Miranda rights (the ones that begin, "You have the right to remain silent"). In real life, police must explain these rights to anyone they arrest. Americans also have certain rights that protect against search and seizure. A DUI arrest is considered a seizure; your lawyer can help you determine whether your rights were observed during your arrest.
  • Courtroom rights: The U.S. Constitution's Fifth and Sixth Amendments outline the rights Americans can expect during a trial. Among others, these include the right to counsel (that is, a lawyer) and the right to a fair and speedy public trial. The Constitution also prohibits double jeopardy, which means being tried twice for the same crime.
  • Rights for those convicted of DUI: Even those who are convicted of DUI (that is, found guilty in court) can expect certain rights following the conviction. These include the right against cruel and unusual punishment, the right to legal counsel on a first appeal of the ruling and certain rights if and when they face jail time.

Ask a DUI Lawyer about Life after DUI

Being convicted of driving under the influence can affect a person's life in a number of ways. A DUI lawyer can be a useful ally in explaining some of these post-DUI challenges:

  • Renewing your license: Some DUI convictions lead to license suspensions. A lawyer can help explain what you need to do to get your driving privileges reinstated.
  • Obtaining car insurance: Insurance rates can soar after a DUI conviction, but certain state-approved insurance agencies will provide coverage after a DUI.
  • Attending DUI classes: Many states require those convicted of DUI to take classes about drinking and driving. In most cases, you're required to pay for these classes on your own.
  • Getting a DUI interlock device: Another common DUI penalty, these devices can be costly. Your lawyer can fill you in on what you need to know.
  • Expunging your record: In many states, drivers who maintain a clean record for a certain amount of time after a DUI conviction are allowed to apply for record expungement (that is, the clearing of a DUI conviction from your record). This is a legal process, though, and you can ask a lawyer for more information about this option.

Take Charge of Your Life with Help from a DUI Lawyer

Many people charged with DUI feel like they've gotten a wakeup call. If you're ready to take charge of your life and move past your DUI charges, it's time to connect with a DUI lawyer in your state.

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