There are obvious times in life when you should consult an attorney, such as if you are getting divorced or have been charged with a crime. You might also need an attorney if you are looking to adopt, form a business, or have been audited by the IRS. People who are the subject of criminal investigations, or are witness to a crime can also benefit from the guidance and advice of a qualified attorney.
Yet another time an attorney is helpful is when you’ve been charged with a DUI. A DUI attorney will know the law and can help you minimize the impact a DUI has on your driving record. It may be tempting to try and cut costs by using a public defender, but there are drawbacks to that plan:
● The case load of a public defender is often overwhelming; this means you may not get the individualized attention you deserve.
● The high volume of cases handled by public defenders might mean your case is shuffled along without thorough investigation into the specifics of your case.
The punishment for a DUI is severe, so you should take the matter seriously and partner with an experienced DUI defense attorney. Using a private attorney can help keep points off your driving record, preserve your right to drive, and help keep your insurance rates low. Contacting a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after a DUI arrest ensures your case moves at the proper pace and that you do not miss important deadlines or court appearances. For example, if you fail to seek the continued right to drive, you may lose your license. You might also miss out on valuable evidence if you want to call for help. Often times the dash cam video of your arrest is kept for only a limited time. Failure to timely request a copy could mean the tape no longer exists, leaving you without key evidence in your favor.
If you have been arrested for DUI or another crime, call our office for help. Contact us today schedule an appointment with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. The first visit is a free initial consultation.