There are so many “what ifs” and “how comes” when discussing DUI laws and infractions. The biggest assumptions are often times the ones that need to be explained the most thorough.
Hire the first attorney you see when browsing the Internet: Most people, because of the stressful situation and desire to have it situated as soon as possible, will try to make a quick hire. However, it’s a great idea to shop around and treat your attorney as if you were an employer looking for a new hire. Don’t hesitate to ask the tough questions; a good attorney will have the answers you’re looking for without any hesitation. Keep in mind that this is your case and, eventually, your livelihood that you’re entrusting with a stranger.
I will have to serve the maximum DUI penalty: This one may be the most far from the truth. Hiring an experienced attorney (see Myth 1) could lead to you dealing with a lesser offense – or possibly even having the case dropped, depending on certain circumstances. A solid attorney will treat a case review as if his or her own life depended on it. They will do their power to convince the district attorney to settle the case with a plea bargain, which will keep you away from any maximum penalties. (Sidenote: If you are stopped for a DUI, don’t expect to get out of it completely.)
DUI cases are decided in front of a jury: Not true in most cases. In fact, a very small percentage (roughly 10 percent) of all DUI cases even have a jury present. This goes back to hiring that quality attorney, which goes back to potentially not serving the full punishment. Choose the right defender, and he or she can work out plea bargains to not only where a jury isn’t necessary but also to where you can have a lesser offense.