The Benefits of Hiring a DUI Lawyer Immediately After Your Arrest
If you have been arrested for a DUI it’s of the utmost importance that you hire an experienced DUI Attorney sooner rather than later. In my experience when people wait to hire a lawyer months after a DUI arrest they are in a worse off position than DWI vs DUI if they had hired a lawyer right away. There are four benefits to hiring a DUI Attorney immediately after an arrest for DUI or an alcohol related charge.
First, hiring an experienced DUI lawyer will put your mind at ease. It’s difficult enough to face the situation of a DUI arrest and or possible DUI conviction with an attorney. Trying to go at it alone is unimaginable. If somebody is not familiar with the criminal justice system, or they have never been in trouble before then they probably have no idea what to expect. They are probably extremely nervous, and frightened for what awaits them. Hiring an Attorney immediately after an arrest or early on in the process will help with those fears. Knowing that someone is there to help you and answer all your questions is a comfort that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Secondly, retaining counsel right away will preserve all the evidence in the case. In many jurisdictions there is video evidence of both the arrest and in the breath test room. If a blood test is involved than that sample is only kept for a certain period of time. Any experienced lawyer is going to know how to file a motion to not only preserve that evidence, so it doesn’t get destroyed, but also request it.
Thirdly, would be to get started on the investigation of the case. In a DUI case most likely there will be witnesses that need to be interviewed. Either civilian, law enforcement, or experts. Getting started on the investigation of a case allows the defense to hit the ground running when criminal charges get filed. Sometimes witnesses forget details about an incident the more time passes. If a defense witness is going to help the case than it’s a good idea to get them on board right away.