Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious criminal offense, and depending on the factors associated with your specific case, you could face some serious penalties, including large fines and lengthy jail sentences, not to mention the loss of your driving privileges for an extended period of time and/or the mandated use of an ignition interlock device (IID) on your vehicle.
Given the serious nature of the charges, it only makes sense that you work with a DUI lawyer in Cincinnati, OH to look out for your interests, especially when your case has aggravating factors associated with it. Here’s some information you may find useful.
When you should work with an attorney
Any time the prosecution doesn’t have a “slam dunk” in front of it, there’s a chance you can work with an attorney to arrange a plea bargain. It’s in the best interests of both sides to avoid trial, given the expensive and lengthy nature of criminal trials, so the state may well be willing to allow you to plea to a lesser charge instead of going to trial.
An experienced attorney understands exactly how to negotiate with the prosecution, and will generally already have relationships built up with the prosecution that he or she can leverage. You can also avoid being potentially bluffed into taking a harsher sentence than you might otherwise have been able to get if you’d had an attorney representing you.
In addition, courts in most states across the country are willing to allow people charged with crimes to bargain down their DUI sentences in exchange for guilty pleas in particular instances. If you’re facing charges for a second or third DUI, you might be able to get a reduced sentence in exchange for a guilty plea. If the DUI charge involves drugs, your attorney could potentially negotiate away some random drug testing or other probation conditions.
In any case, bargaining a sentence is much easier for an attorney to handle than a person who actually is facing the sentence themselves.
When you may not need an attorney
If it is your first offense, there were no injuries or fatalities and there is a very high likelihood that you will be convicted on the charges, then you will likely just plead no contest or guilty without representation by an attorney and make yourself subject to the standard sentence. You are especially likely to be convicted if you had a very high blood alcohol content or if there was additional strong evidence that you were impaired at the time you were pulled over.
Even in these cases, though, there might still be some factors in your situation that could benefit from legal attention. If you have any doubt at all about your case, it’s at least worth your time to seek out a free initial consultation with an attorney.
For more information about how to proceed with your DUI case, or to arrange a consultation, reach out to an experienced DUI lawyer in Cincinnati, OH at Herzner Law, LLC today.
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