When Should I Reach Out to a DUI Lawyer?
A drunk driving arrest can feel like a life sentence, with many people in this position believing that there is no way out. This mindset can lead many into accepting their fate, turning a conviction from a strong possibility into a foregone conclusion.
However, you will have an opportunity to defend yourself, and—with the right strategies—have the penalties reduced or the case against you dismissed. While it is possible to fight the charges on your own, criminal proceedings are notoriously tricky to navigate. As such, it may be worthwhile contacting a DUI attorney to help you build your defense.
Let’s look at a few ways they may be able to assist with your case:
1. Gather Evidence to Support Your Defense
Taking on the task of fighting DUI charges can feel like a daunting prospect. However, with the right evidence you may be able to dismantle the prosecution’s case, giving you the chance to reduce your penalties or have the charges dismissed.
However, much of the evidence you might need could be time-sensitive, giving you a narrow window to obtain such proof before it becomes unavailable. For instance, surveillance camera footage is routinely erased, and eyewitnesses can quickly forget what they saw. Thankfully, when you hire a lawyer to handle your case, they will usually jump into action immediately to make sure any important evidence is preserved.
2. Help You Avoid Mistakes
Your attorney can step in to grab the reins and oversee all dialogue with the prosecutor so that you don’t have to worry about saying something that might hurt your defense. He or she can also advise you of common errors other defendants have made in your position, and give you guidance on how to avoid such mistakes. For instance, it’s best to lay low on social media as your posts could be used as evidence to secure a conviction.
3. Protect Your Rights
While you have certain rights throughout proceedings, there’s no guarantee that law enforcement officers are going to respect them. Fortunately, if you have an attorney in your corner, you can have peace of mind that there is someone on your side keeping an eye out for any violations. As such, if the police, the prosecutor, or another party infringes on your rights, your lawyer can take the necessary steps to hold them accountable and ensure that your defense isn’t compromised by their actions.
Contact Us Today to Schedule a Free Case Review with a Palm Beach Gardens DUI Attorney
Were you recently charged with driving under the influence? It may be in your best interests to contact an attorney as soon as possible. At the Law Office of Todd A. Kawecki, we offer personalized representation to those who have found themselves on the wrong side of the law. From the moment you pick up the phone, Todd will make sure your case gets the attention it deserves. Dial 772-485-4500 or head over to our contact form HERE to request a free consultation with a Florida DUI lawyer.