Should I hire an attorney to represent me for a DUI if I actually was drinking?

Asked on July 29, 2015 under Criminal Law, North Carolina


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

While you do not need a lawyer to represent for a DUI, it is strongly recommended. The fact is that a DUI arrest triggers 2 cases - 1 civil and 1 criminal. Therefore since criminal charges are involved it is advisable to have legal counsel. A skilled DUI attorney can possibly have the case dismissed, the charges reduced or, if it comes down to it, win an acquittal at trial. A DUI case is based on certain factors that can successfully be defended against. Additionally, a conviction can have a negative impact on employment, professional licensing, insurance rates, etc., so whatever help an attorney can afford is well worth it.

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