What are the top 10 mistakes clients make in DUI cases?


If you have been arrested on charges of driving under the influence, don't make the same mistakes that so many others have:

Not taking the matter seriously. This is a charge that will follow you for the rest of your life, if you are convicted. The Department of Motor Vehicles will keep track of it on your driving record until you are dead. It has to make sure to take your license away from you for two years, if you have three lifetime convictions. The additional insurance charges alone could cost you thousands of dollars. If your license is taken away, you have to prepay for an SR-22 endorsement to your policy. Your insurance company must notify the Division in advance, if you do not maintain your insurance. It will also raise your rates based on your conviction.

Not hiring an attorney. The law is complex and you need competent representation. You must raise the right defenses at the right time or you will lose them. Facts will disappear, memories fade and witnesses vanish. A winnable case can quickly become a loser. What should you do? You need legal advice and fast. You want an attorney who knows how to handle your case.

Hiring an attorney based on the amount of the fee alone. The State has almost unlimited resources when it comes to your case. You need to hire an attorney and pay a fee which will allow him to put time and effort into your case to counter the prosecution. Attorneys must earn enough in the time they spend on your case in order to keep their doors open and make a living wage. If you go too low, your attorney will not be able to put in the time necessary to protect you, and may want to charge you, and then attempt to get rid of you as quickly as possible - they even may dump your case if you do not plead guilty immediately. Look for a reasonable, predictable fee, not the lowest.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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