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3 Reasons You Need A Defense Lawyer After A DUI

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Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious charge, as it alleges that an individual operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicating substance. The penalties for a DUI vary based on state law and the specific circumstances of the incident, but most penalties — even for first-time offenders — can be harsh. Most individuals charged with a DUI face a suspension of their driving license as well as a substantial fine. Some may even be required to serve a minimum prison sentence. Yet it is important to note that the outcome of any given charge is not set in stone, and there are several benefits that come with retaining the services of a DUI lawyer. Keep reading to discover just a few of the biggest ones.

Disputing Test Results

One of the most common ways in which attorneys are able to overturn or minimize a DUI charge is by disputing the results of a test such as one conducted using a breathalyzer. While this technology is reliable in most cases, it does not mean that mistakes are never made. If you have good reason to believe that the results of the test conducted at the time you were charged are in some way faulty, an attorney can call on an expert witness to support your claims. In effect, not having an attorney means not having access to resources that could change your case.

Bringing In Eyewitnesses

An officer's testimony of your behavior leading up to the time of arrest can be difficult to successfully dispute. That said, if you know there to have been eyewitnesses who can provide a reliable narrative disproving the accuracy of the officer's sworn statements, then you may have your charge dismissed (or lessened to one such as reckless driving). An attorney can provide you with invaluable advice on how a witness can testify most effectively on your behalf. 

Presenting Mitigating Factors

While most factors in a case will not cause a DUI charge to be dismissed outright, there are several ones that can help to lessen the severity of the consequences. An attorney can advise you on how to best accomplish this proactively. They may recommend you perform community service or spend time at a treatment center, for example. While no legal guarantees can be made, these mitigating factors may make life after a DUI charge that much easier. 

Talk to a DUI lawyer to discuss your charges.