Do You Need a Lawyer for DUI?

Last week I was talking with my neighbor and he had mentioned that he didn’t understand why just about everyone gets a lawyer the moment they end up in jail. He said that he feels like he understands the basics of the law, and he could give himself a good enough defense in the court of law. I didn’t really know about the situation one way or another, so I started doing some searches to see what I could find. I read some information on the website for the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter. The attorneys at this office work on criminal and specifically DUI cases. They’re the person that lots of people call when they’ve initially been arrested and charged with a DUI.

They brought up some good points as to why you definitely need a lawyer if you’re going to fight charges in court. When you’re in court, it’s your job to show why you deserve to have your charges dropped. You can have charges dropped for many different reasons. If the police don’t have the right evidence, if they made assumptions, if they didn’t have a reason to pull you over, or if they violated your rights, your charges can be dismissed or reduced. But unless you’ve been in the field for a long time, you’re not going to know what the police did wrong. Also, if you try to say that the cop did something wrong, you might not know how to prove it. If the situation turns into a he-said, she-said sort of thing, you’re probably going to lose.

Also, if you end up getting charged with a DUI, you’re going to have a lot of personal stuff going on that you need to deal with. You’re going to need to figure out if you’ll be able to get to work if your license has been suspended, and if you can’t, what’s going to happen. You’re also going to need to explain the situation to those who you’re closest with. Right after a DUI charge, it’s probably best to spend your time making sure your reputation stays intact rather than trying to study DUI law before your court date.

I just learned that the sobriety tests police do can sometimes be biased against certain people. The tests themselves are subjective enough as it is. If a police officer asks you to take a field sobriety test, they’re asking because they think you might be drunk. They’re already operating under this belief, and you’re fighting this bias while taking the test. Within this test, officers are looking for smooth eye movement. Alcohol can inhibit people from having smooth eye movement, but so can a multitude of other things. High stress can, and people who might be arrested are under a great deal of stress as it is. Age and other unrelated health conditions can also inhibit one’s ability to have smooth eye movement. None of this should count against you in a DUI case. It’s best to refuse these tests when an officer asks you to take one, even if you are sober.

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