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Getting a Lawyer for Your DUI Case

If you have been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, commonly called DUI, you need a criminal attorney with experience working with DUI defense in Rockville. DUI is a serious criminal offense, and a conviction can throw off the course of your entire life. The best way to avoid potential prison time, steep fines, and a permanent mark on your record is to call a real criminal lawyer immediately after you are arrested and charged. Many attorneys say they practice DUI defense but they are not criminal attorneys. They are family law attorneys, PI attorneys, or estate attorneys. They are only going to plea your case with no ability to process the constitutional issues, and with great fear of an actual trial.

Local Expertise
Without a criminal attorney, you will almost certainly end up with a DUI conviction. As with any criminal offense, this charge will permanently mark your record, alerting any future potential employers of your misdemeanor record. Only DUI in Rockville a criminal defense attorney who regularly handles DUI and DWI cases knows the ins and outs of the state legal system. For example, a DUI lawyer can challenge a police officer’s failure to comply with state law or negotiate with judges and prosecutors with whom she works every day in court, and those states’ attorneys know she is not afraid of trial.

Initial Opinion
When you are charged with a crime, every decision you make can affect the course of the rest of your life—including your attorney selection. Most criminal defense firms offer client consultations. During your first meeting with a DUI lawyer, she will examine the evidence and analyze the aspects of your case from every possible angle. Next, your attorney will give a legal opinion on your best course of action.

Powerful Negotiation
If you have more than one DUI or DWI charge, you need a lawyer to negotiate with the prosecutor. Driving drunk is a crime, but multiple drunk driving offenses can put you behind bars, and destroy your ability to drive, if you do not mount a strategic defense. Even if you have never been convicted of DUI, an attorney can negotiate a plea bargain on your behalf. For example, a prosecutor may be willing to reduce a DUI to a DWI charge if your lawyer challenges the validity of a field sobriety test or if you have no criminal record.

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