DUI’s are a very common charge. But they require more than an ordinary criminal attorney.
Not all criminal defense lawyers have specialized training and experience in driving under the influence or other alcohol-related charges. Although a DUI charge may seem straightforward, the defense attorney that you decide to hire should have up-to-date knowledge of the ever-changing DUI and DMV laws and hands-on, courtroom exprience to get you the best result possible.
A driving under the influence conviction can have significant consequences to your criminal background and your driving privileges. This type of conviction will be on your criminal record for the rest of your adult life, and it is important to look at your big picture in considering a plea deal and its impact on your future ability to get certain kinds of employment, schooling or licensing.
From the moment you are arrested and charged, your driving privilege is likely affected. That is why it is vitally important to contact a DUI specialty attorney. It is necessary to have assistance in understanding and then dealing with the DMV process.
Timing is important. You have certain rights that you could be waiving that will affect your driver’s license if you don’t exercise them.
In most cases you are entitled to a separate hearing with the DMV. You may also be able to negotiate with the DMV for a temporary restricted license. Having someone explain your options and help you through the first days after your arrest will make a huge difference for you not just today, but in the longterm.