Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) are both serious crimes that have far-reaching legal penalties. If you’ve been arrested and charged with either, you need an attorney.
What is a DUI/DWI Attorney?
A DUI/DWI attorney is an attorney who is knowledgeable in the law in the state where he or she is practicing. Because drunk driving law varies by state, it is important to seek out an attorney who is knowledgeable about the state law’s where your arrest occurred. Drunk driving attorneys represent those who are charged with a DUI/DWI and help guide them through the court process. An attorney who specializes in driving while intoxicated law can also help to reduce your sentencing, especially in the case that you may receive a felony conviction (for example, if you were driving while intoxicated with a minor in the vehicle or if this is your second conviction).
Why an Attorney is Beneficial
While you don’t need an attorney to plead guilty to a charge, retaining legal counsel before you make a decision about what to plea can be beneficial. An experienced lawyer can offer you advice and guidance. If you had a particularly high blood alcohol content level at the time of arrest, if driving while intoxicated resulting in any bodily harm or property damage to yourself or others, or if you had passengers in the car while driving, it is highly recommended that you seek the advice of an experienced attorney.