There are far more than four reasons to hire a DWI lawyer. DWI (driving while intoxicated) is a term with a variety of uses. New York, for example, uses the term DWI for general drinking and driving cases, while many other states use the same penalties for DUI. We’ll focus on the drinking and driving usage of DWI by New York and other states.
All that really matters is they both involve drinking and driving. If you drink, you shouldn’t drive. If you do drink alcohol and then get behind the wheel of a car, you may think it’s not a big deal until the officer arrests you, your license is suspended, you get fines, and potentially jail time.
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How do you avoid those penalties? Hiring a DWI lawyer is perhaps the biggest step. There are hundreds of DWI cases across the country every day. Officers know how to catch you, and judges know how to punish you. However, there are ways to lessen penalties. Here are the things a DWI lawyer can do and reasons to hire one.
How do you plead after a DWI?
Should you plead guilty or not guilty? An experienced DWI attorney can lessen charges correctly by helping you decide how to plea. You may plead not guilty based on how the officer arrested you–perhaps he/she did not read you your rights or was improper. These are things you need a lawyer for.
Before the trial even begins, you typically have conferences between the prosecution and defense. You may make a deal before you even go into a courtroom. But how do you do that? What do you say? What do you fight for and bargain with? These topics can be technical and require experience in handling DWI court cases. A lawyer can help.