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A DUI or DWI charge is serious matter, and anyone charged with drunk driving should seriously consider talking to a DUI lawyer. While a good DUI lawyer may cost several thousand dollars, not having proper criminal defense during your court appearance can lead to life altering DUI penalties, insurance problems, suspension of drivers license, jail time, community service, DUI school and more.
A qualified DUI lawyer will be able to take the details of your case and determine the best legal defense to minimize the costs and consequences of your DUI charge. While no DUI attorney can promise your DUI charge will go away, it is possible in many cases to successfully get a DUI charge dismissed or reduced.
If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, you’re already familiar with the initial penalty – jail time. Almost everyone who gets a DUI spends at least a few hours in jail. Whether you will have to go back to jail depends on the circumstances and outcome of your case. If you had a very high BAC, if this was not your first DUI, or if your DUI caused injuries to people or property, you may face additional jail time. Other penalties of a DUI include suspension of your driver’s license, significant fines, probation, and DUI school. A DUI conviction may also affect your ability to get a job and your ability to get (or pay for) car insurance. Although hiring a lawyer to defend against a DUI charge isn’t always necessary, doing may minimize these penalties.