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Q: I left a party and shouldn't have been driving. I got pulled over and was arrested for a DUI in Kansas. The cops let me out on a signature and gave me a court date. What is the benefit of hiring a DUI lawyer? I am guilty and it is my first offense, what can a lawyer do?
A: You need an lawyer that specializes in criminal defense and DUI. That's not a suggestion or a wish list or a think about it. It’s a fact. You have a lot on the line when you get a DUI charge. First, you are looking at a license suspension and you only have 14 days to request a hearing before the state suspends your license. Second, you are looking at going to jail. Third, you are facing the possibility of having a criminal record. There are many additional consequences to receiving a DUI convictions that you need to speak with an DUI lawyer about.
There is an enormous benefit to hiring an attorney. An attorney can look over your case and see if there may be a defense. They can advise you on your rights and help you with your license. An attorney can tell you about alternatives to pleading guilty that may be able to keep the conviction off your record. There are a host of different things an attorney can do to help. Here are few commonly asked questions when it comes to hiring a criminal defense lawyer. The long and short of it is that you are in a lot of trouble and having a criminal conviction for a drunk driving charge has some very serious ramifications right now as well as latter in life. Do your self a favor and speak with a couple DUI lawyers and hire someone that you are comfortable with, and do it right away.
I always give people this analogy when they are contemplating if they need a laywer or not. When you are facing a criminal case there is a lot at stake. Your freedom, your job, your criminal record, and your future are all on the line. A criminal conviction can land you in jail for a lengthy time, it can cause you to lose your current job or make it difficult to get another job in the future. A criminal record can bar you from certain professions and affect your ability to become licensed with the state for some professions. Some convictions will strip you of your right to carry a firearm and could take away your right to vote. Having a criminal record can have many negative ramifications in your life. To put is short, the stakes really can not get any higher.
Now that you understand the seriousness of your situation, you need to understand why you need help. Just like you would never think of performing surgery on yourself because you don't have specialized medical training. You should never try to handle your own criminal case because you don't have specialized legal training. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can guide you through the criminal procedure process and advise you as to your rights and options. When the time comes a criminal defense lawyer can stand up and advocate for you, assert your rights and protect your freedom and good name.