When people consider a DUI lawyer, they often think of an attorney who zealously defends a person charged with drinking and driving in court. While this is part of what a DUI lawyer does, there are a number of things a DUI defendant needs. Here are three things that most people don’t know they need from their DUI attorney.
1. Help with the Administrative DMV Hearing
In the State of California, you have a 10-day window of time in which to request an administrative DMV hearing. Your license will be suspended automatically if you do not request this hearing — which may be done over the phone. However, you are not legally required to have a hearing. It is, however, in your best interest to request one. An attorney will help ensure that the hearing has been scheduled. Your attorney can also help represent you in order to show the DMV that the suspension of your license isn’t justified or that it would cause undue hardship.
2. Keep Evidence Out of Court
Law enforcement officers have strict policies they must adhere to when evaluating someone for drinking and driving and making a DUI arrest. Any evidence against you could be considered inadmissible in court if the evidence was obtained in a way that violated said policies, which can be helpful in deconstructing the prosecution’s case against you. Evidence that can be challenged include but is not limited to:
- Breathalyzer test results
- Field sobriety test results
- Blood test results
- Urinalysis results
- Officer observations
3. Help You Stay Out of Court (or Defend You in It)
If the evidence against you is challenged and much of it is considered inadmissible in court, the prosecution’s case begins to weaken and you may find that the charges against you are dropped. In fact, this is the goal and what your attorney will work towards. However, if the prosecution’s case against you is strong, your attorney can help you determine whether or not it would be in your best interest to accept a plea deal or fight for your rights in court.
Contact Sacramento criminal defense lawyer Jennifer Mouzis today to learn more about your rights under the law after a DUI arrest and to schedule a consultation to discuss the charges against you and what the best course of action will be. Call now for an appointment at 916-822-8702.