Why you need a DUI Lawyer for DUI charge?
You should never attempt to represent yourself on a DUI charge. I have been a DUI Attorney for quite some time, which means I’m in court all over the state almost every day. On occasion, I’ve had the opportunity to view people who elected to represent themselves on a DUI charge. And I can tell you not once did this work to the advantage of the accused. I saw some interesting theories on why they were arrested, but I never saw anyone who actually did this get found not guilty or came away better off.
What are the reasons to hire a DUI lawyer on a DUI charge
There are many reasons why representing yourself on a DUI charge is not a good idea. First, there are numerous rules that you need to be familiar with, both rules of evidence, and local court rules. A good DUI defense attorney has spent a significant amount of time familiarizing themselves with these rules, procedures, and court decisions. Secondly, a DUI Lawyer is going to have the experience that you don’t. Whether it involves knowing the prosecutor, judges, and police officers. Or having the necessary experience in trial. It all adds up and this kind of experience goes a long way in this field and is crucial to getting the best outcome possible. Lastly, there is a science to defending a DUI. An accomplished Seattle DUI attorney will understand this science and be able to mount arguments against it.
Why it’s not a good idea to represent yourself on a DUI charge
Defending a DUI is not as simple as saying your ability to drive was not impaired by alcohol. There is a lot more to it than that. If a person does choose to proceed “pro se” then a Judge will determine whether the defendant is fully aware of their rights, understands that going at this alone will not be a basis for appeal, and they will be held to the same standards as a practicing attorney. If you are contemplating representing yourself on a Washington State DUI charge, please contact my office immediately. I can certainly help with any questions you may have, give you my thoughts on how you should proceed, and offer an experienced lawyer’s perspective on your case. I offer a free 60-minute consultation if you would like to make an appointment with my Seattle office and if I can’t help you I’m more than willing to point you in the right direction.