Do I need an attorney if I already pleaded guilty? 47 Answers as of July 02, 2013

I already pleaded guilty to the DUI charge, do I still need to get a lawyer?

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Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC
Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC | Jacob Peter Sartz IV
I'd recommend you retain a lawyer to help you or you ask the court for legal counsel.You have a right to counsel. Don't be afraid to exercise that right. Yes, if you want to potentially review your plea and file, it may be a good idea to retain a lawyer. Generally speaking, I'd never advise pleading guilty to anything, especially an OUI, without the guidance of counsel.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/21/2012
Law Office of Phillip Weiser
Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
You may need an attorney to make sure the sentence is not excessive as there are minimums and maximums to be aware of.
Answer Applies to: Kansas
Replied: 3/26/2012
Palumbo and Kosofsky
Palumbo and Kosofsky | Michael Palumbo
Yes for sentencing.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 3/26/2012
Correia-Champa & Mailhot
Correia-Champa & Mailhot | Susan Correia Champa
Not if the case is over no there is no need for an attorney unless you are trying to revoke your guilty plea.
Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
Replied: 3/26/2012
Law Office of Thomas A. Medford, Jr., PC
Law Office of Thomas A. Medford, Jr., PC | Thomas A. Medford, Jr.
Generally not however an attorney skilled in DUI litigation could assist in putting the best foot forward at the sentencing hearing.
Answer Applies to: District of Columbia
Replied: 3/26/2012
    Dunnings Law Firm
    Dunnings Law Firm | Steven Dunnings
    It's a little late.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    A lawyer is always helpful to walk you through the process and help you to get over the system in the fastest possible way.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    Harrison & Harrison
    Harrison & Harrison | Samuel Harrison
    No. Too late. You already admitted everything when you pled guilty.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    H. Scott Basham, Attorney at Law, P.C. | H. Scott Basham
    Only if you plan to challenge your guilty plea by claiming you did not fully understand what you were doing.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    Larry K. Dunn & Associates | Larry K. Dunn
    A sentencing hearing is considered a critical stage of a criminal proceeding. It is advisable to have an attorney at all critical stages. The sentencing judge has discretion to impose a penalty ranging from 48 hours of community service to a maximum of 6 months in jail on a first DUI and $400 to $1,000 fine and alcohol counseling. An experienced attorney may assist you in properly presenting mitigating information to the sentencing judge.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    The Rogers Law Firm
    The Rogers Law Firm | Andrea Storey Rogers
    Yes. If not too much time has passed since your guilty plea, it may be possible to have your attorney withdraw your guilty plea and attempt to negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecutor to reduce the charge.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    Nope. Too late. The ship has sailed.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/24/2012
    Law Office of Michael E. Hendrickson
    Law Office of Michael E. Hendrickson | Michael E. Hendrickson
    No, not if you've also already been sentenced for your crime.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 3/23/2012
    The Chastaine Law Office
    The Chastaine Law Office | Michael Chastaine
    Probably not at this point.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/2/2013
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law | Thomas J. Tomko
    The remaining purpose for having an attorney would be to prepare for sentencing. This may be helpful in certain courts and in others it may make no difference at all. You may wish to contact an attorney near the court where your case is pending.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/23/2012
    Law Office of Robert Sisson | Robert Sisson
    I hope that u have already worked out some sort of plea agreement with the prosecutor and are not merely leaving it up to the judge to decide what to do. U can always hire an attorney and withdraw ur plea, if that is the right thing to do. Otherwise it would be wise to have an attorney with u at sentencing.
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 3/23/2012
    Ellman and Ellman PC
    Ellman and Ellman PC | Kevin Ellmann
    You don't NEED to get a lawyer, but you might consider consulting with one to see if there are any grounds to try and withdraw your plea and fight the case, or to possibly assist with sentencing arguments/mitigation. Good luck!
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 3/23/2012
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC | Timothy J. Klisz
    It might still be important. The sentencing can be wildly different without an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/23/2012
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    You should not handle a criminal case yourself. You should retain a good criminal attorney if you have the money or get an assigned one if you are indigent. Only a lawyer can advise you on how to proceed. Drunk driving is like firing a gun at a moving train and hoping that no one gets hit by the bullets. You will be in a risk pool and pay a fortune for insurance. You will have a conviction for DWUI and fin d it hard to get a good job.Perhaps you will eventually plead guilty, but you should have an attorney to get you a conditional license and advise you on all of the issues that can arise such as refusal hearings, motions, fines, interlock device installation, and getting a conditional license.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 3/23/2012
    Law Office of Neal L. Weinstein
    Law Office of Neal L. Weinstein | Neal L. Weinstein
    A little late don't you think? Have you been sentenced yet?
    Answer Applies to: Maine
    Replied: 7/2/2013
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    If the judge sentences you to jail, you will regret not having gotten a lawyer.? Perhaps, the expense is worth the absence of jail time, but of course, the decision is up to you, but you must live with the consequences. You also might be able to vacate the plea, with assistance of counsel, and get a sentence that will not hurt you as much as a striahgt conviction, which will follow you for life.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 3/23/2012
    Law Office of Richard Southard
    Law Office of Richard Southard | Richard C Southard
    Unless the judge qualified you to represent yourself pro se, you should not have been able to plead guilty without an attorney. You should consult with an attorney as soon as possible.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 3/23/2012
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    Too late. You are already convicted.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/23/2012
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