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It's something that many people consider after an arrest. Should they try representing themselves in court? Read on to find out why that is such a bad idea.
Are You a Lawyer?
Funnily enough, even lawyers in trouble with the law need to get a lawyer to help them. They know what you may not know — that you need a second set of eyes on your case to be successful. All types of legal issues can be complex. However, driving under the influence (DUI) cases can have multiple issues that need exploring.
It's not just a matter of looking something up in a law book. Lawyers use their knowledge of the law combined with negotiation skills to get DUI cases dropped or knocked down to lesser charges. They know the prosecutor and everyone in that office and they know what to expect from them. They know the judges and how cases should be planned to appease all the working parts of a case.
Evidence Can be Technical
DUI arrests stand, and fall, on evidence. Most lawyers evaluate, attack, and void the state's evidence against their clients. They know that issues like field sobriety tests, breathalyzer results, and other evidence can be refuted.
Testing instruments like a breathalyzer must be calibrated, officers must be trained to administer tests, and all evidence must be handled carefully. Add to that, sobriety testing can be unfair to those with physical or neurological issues.
Your Driving Privileges
Losing your license is a given. However, a lawyer knows how to ask the judge for a hardship license. That will allow you to drive to work and other places. These licenses are not easy to get. Lawyers must present their clients in the best light possible to convince the judge to grant such a privilege.
No matter how many videos you watch, representing yourself in court is not easy. You are going against the state. They employ lawyers with years of experience presenting evidence, testimony, and more before the judge and jury.
It's also worth mentioning that you are not as likely to be offered a plea bargain if you are representing yourself. The prosecution expects to win in court, so they won't bother offering you a deal. Plea bargains can be good, or they might not be to your advantage. You might not realize what you are agreeing to if they do offer you a deal. A defense lawyer will know what the state has against you and your chances of standing trial.
To find out more about DUI law, speak to a criminal defense attorney.