How important is it to obtain an attorney with a lot of experience in DUI cases? 13 Answers as of December 19, 2013

I just got my first offence DUI. It is less safe to drive DUI. I am on a tight money situation.

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Lawrence Lewis
Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
Super important.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 12/19/2013
Law Office of Robert E McCall | Robert McCall
Only if you want to avoid jail time.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 11/13/2013
Universal Law Group, Inc. | Francis John Cowhig
It depends on how important your license and freedom is. DUI's, even first time offenses, carry a potential jail sentence.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/13/2013
Hudson Bair | Hudson Bair
Usually, the more experienced your attorney is, the better your results. A more experienced attorney will likely know the Judge's and Prosecutor's in your case, depending on your jurisdiction, they may have done jury trials against the Judge, know the head of the prosecutor's office or other personal relationship that helps you get a better result. The more experienced attorney usually knows more about the science and the law and how it comes to bear in your case, this can lead to better results.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/13/2013
Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
Most lawyer only charge around one thousand dollar for a first offense DUI. Very important to get one if you wish to win your case.
Answer Applies to: Nebraska
Replied: 11/13/2013
    The Law Offices of Harold L. Wallin | Harold L. Wallin
    It is very important. The consequences of a DUI can follow you for the rest of your life.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 11/13/2013
    Law Office of Edward J. Blum
    Law Office of Edward J. Blum | Edward J. Blum
    Very important. The DUI will result in criminal conviction, a license suspension, fines and will stay on your record for 10 years.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/12/2013
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    You need to hire a DUI specialist, and do it soon because you have only 10 days to save your license.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/12/2013
    Law Office of James E. Smith
    Law Office of James E. Smith | James Smith
    Depends on your case. If it's clear cut you don't really have to have a lawyer on a first offense.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 11/12/2013
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    You will need an attorney to attempt to minimize the damages. A mistake on your part will be much more expensive that the attorneys fees.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 11/12/2013
    Austin Legal Services, PLC
    Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
    DUI's are a very complex area of the law, even though they are misdemeanors. There are a lot of variables that can affect the outcome of the case. Also consider how much is at stake and that there are a lot of fines and costs, as well as drivers responsibility fees, and you could lose your license as well as having an offense on your record that can never be expunged. It can affect your career and your schooling depending on what profession you intend on going into. A good DUI attorney will more than pay for himself with the vast knowledge and experience he brings to your case. There may be issues with your case that could be used to get the matter dismissed or to be used as leverage when negotiating with the prosecutor to reduce the charge to a non alcohol related offense or even to a civil infraction. At least consult with an experience DUI attorney in your area.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 11/12/2013
    Darrell B. Reynolds, P.C. | Darrell B. Reynolds
    You do need to retain an attorney. The more experienced the attorney has the better off you will be.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 11/12/2013
    Anderson Law Office
    Anderson Law Office | Scott L. Anderson
    It is very important to get an attorney familiar with DUI's. DUI cases are very complicated because they involve your license AND criminal charges. Contact an attorney asap.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 11/12/2013
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