Driving while under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol is a serious offense. It is taken more seriously when a DUI-related accident occurs. Is a DUI attorney for you? If you are charged with a DUI, whether innocent or guilty, it is advisable to hire a qualified and experienced DUI attorney to represent your case.
DUI laws vary per state. Your attorney understands the laws you broke and the expected punishments for doing so. While it is not always affordable to hire a DUI lawyer, there are important factors to consider. The largest factor is that if the DUI lawyer is successful you earn back enough money to afford the attorney as well as cover any damages to your vehicle, property and to cover medical bills.
If you were at fault the DUI lawyer saves you money because he or she may very well get your sentence reduced or dismissed altogether.
The first factor to consider is whether you were rightfully or wrongfully charged with a DUI. Breathalyzer test equipment occasionally fails. Law officers are required to follow specific rules, ask specific questions and not impede with your ability to pass roadside sobriety tests.
Certain states also have DUI right-to-refusal options. Most states also have education courses available which, when taken, reduce your fines, license suspension length and more.
DUI attorneys do charge money for their services. Fees range from approximately $800 into the several thousands, depending on the lawyer, state and charges against you. Fees also vary based on whether this was your first, second or third DUI charge.
Websites available to help find the best DUI lawyers and best overall attorneys near you include:
- Avvo Lawyer Directory.