If you have been charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI), a DUI lawyer will be able to offer you all the legal advice you may need. A DUI lawyer’s job is to ensure that the outcome of the settlement or court case goes as much in your favor as it possibly can, by building a strong case in your defense.
If you have been charged with driving under the influence or have any further questions concerning what a DUI lawyer can do for you, contact The Law Place in Florida today. A lawyer will be able to guide you through the process. Call us for a free consultation at (941) 444-4444.
Should I Hire a DUI Lawyer?
If you have been caught driving under the influence, you should definitely consider hiring a DUI lawyer to help guide you through the process and try to minimize the consequences upon yourself. A DUI lawyer will advise you as you progress with your case and help you ensure that your defense case is as strong as it can be.
Insurance companies often try to call you and trick you into admitting liability. By having a lawyer represent you, it will avoid you saying anything which could be incredibly detrimental to your case. An experienced defense attorney may even advise you against taking the stand in your own defense if they think that is the best course of action. This is because you may be harshly grilled by the prosecutors, and you could risk saying something that could be held against you and devalue your defense claim in a criminal court.
Another advantage of hiring a DUI attorney is that they will know the local courts in Florida incredibly well. They are experienced in the criminal court, which can be a massive advantage to you if you have a DUI arrest. Your DUI attorney may not face a judge as much as a public defender might, but you can still choose to have someone fighting your side with a wealth of legal experience in criminal defense.
DUI cases can be incredibly complex and have many deadlines that need to be met. DUI lawyers are experienced with meeting all of these deadlines in DUI cases and recovering all of the necessary evidence people may need to help their defense if they have been convicted of driving under the influence of either alcohol or drugs. DUI lawyers have the legal knowledge and capabilities to negotiate with tough prosecutors on their client’s behalf.
If you have been convicted with a DUI case, a DUI lawyer may not be able to help you get the conviction expunged, but they could be able to lessen the charge. This may be incredibly beneficial to you as it means that your conviction will possibly not affect your employment or credit.
What Happens If You Don’t Get a Lawyer for a DUI?
If you have been convicted of driving under the influence of either alcohol or drugs, you risk facing some incredibly severe consequences. For example, DUI cases may result in jail time, fines, loss of your driving license, and loss of your job. You do not have to hire a DUI lawyer to be your legal representation if you don’t want to, but at The Law Place, we highly recommend you do. There is too much at risk if your case is not successfully defended at court.
Even though you are fully entitled to represent yourself in a DUI trial, if you wish to do so, it is rarely a good idea. From experience, our lawyers know how difficult trials can be, and it takes immense experience to be able to succeed in them. A person who is representing themself and has a lack of legal knowledge can be incredibly detrimental in court. It is not uncommon for judges to have little patience for self-represented defendants who are unaware of the rules of the criminal court. You don’t want to face this alone; if you are going to trial, we are here for you.
Contact one of our lawyers at The Law Place if you are going to trial or have any further questions. We are here to help you as best as we can.
Can Lawyers Help You Get Out of a DUI?
It is critically important to know that if you have been arrested for a first-time DUI charge in Florida that you do not plead guilty until a lawyer has fully examined your DUI and looked for potential defense possibilities. For example, there could have been a mistake in the way that your DUI arrest was conducted. A first time DUI conviction in Florida can have huge consequences, and therefore it is best to seek an attorney as quickly after your arrest as possible to review your case and see what the best available legal options are to proceed.
The law in Florida states that a DUI conviction can stay on your driving record for 75 years. The state of Florida also does not allow DUI charges to be expunged; however, with the legal knowledge of a lawyer, you may be able to lessen your DUI charge.
If your case is reduced or amended to reckless driving instead of DUI, it is possible that your driving record may stay intact if the reckless driving resulted in a conviction, and then the adjudication was withheld.
If you have any further questions, contact The Law Place today for a chance to talk to a lawyer.
How Much Does a Good DUI Lawyer Cost?
One of the first questions someone who has been charged with DUI may ask is whether they need the legal representation of a lawyer or whether they could benefit from the help of a public defender. Most people who are experienced in the criminal justice system would argue that it is rarely a good idea to represent yourself if you are facing a charge.
The cost of a good DUI lawyer very much depends on the severity of the case and charge. When entering a plea, a DUI attorney will usually cost approximately anywhere between $700 and $1,500. Although, if your case ends up going to trial, the cost of a lawyer will increase. On average, the cost of a lawyer taking a case to trial can vary between $1,500 and $4,000.
How much you could end up paying for your DUI lawyer will depend on the complexity of your case. This is because if your case is carried out over more days than the average, the final cost will increase. A reason for this would be because there are likely to be more reports to review and witnesses involved, resulting in more work for your lawyer.
However, at The Law Place, our fees are deducted from the rewards agreed upon in settlement or ruled in court. If you don’t win, we don’t get paid. Simple as that. All contingency fee structures are monitored by the State Bar Associations, which sets the guidelines for how much lawyers can charge. Our fee system will be explained to you during your consultation, so there will be no surprise bills.
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When fighting a DUI charge, we highly recommend having a reputable lawyer by your side to help defend you and guide you through the process.
If you are still unsure if you need a DUI lawyer or would like to speak to someone a little more about your particular case, call us for a free consultation. You will be able to talk to one of our Tampa DUI lawyers about your situation, and they will be able to tell you about our fee structure and how they can help you in greater detail. Just call us on (941) 444-4444. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.