Hiring a DWI Lawyer

Posted by ortegalaw on July 19th, 2019

You’re not proud of it. You had a few too many drinks and with your judgment impaired you got behind the wheel. You were pulled over and now face a Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) charge and must face your day in court. Here’s what you need to know to make the best of an uncomfortable situation and when you work with a DWI lawyer in Anne Arundel county.

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The best advice you will ever receive is to never represent yourself and throw yourself on the mercy of the court. Hiring a lawyer that specializes in driving while intoxicated arrests in Anne Arundel County will help you navigate the court system and possibly avoid jail time and hefty fines. A good lawyer will share perspective with the court which could result in community service or other lesser remediation measures.

States have different levels of intoxication for various blood-alcohol concentrations. Court decisions are influenced by the defendant’s level of intoxication, and of course number of offenses and other extenuating circumstances. In some DWI cases, other charges follow from intoxicated behaviors, such as verbal and physical abuse of arresting officers. In most DWI cases, a fine is levied against the defendant, if proven guilty by the evidence collected by law enforcement. Other consequences can include revoking a person’s driver’s license making it difficult to get to work or possible jail time.

Once you have retained a qualified lawyer to represent you in court, you’ll meet for a face-to-face consultation. Here, you will review the evidence and the events of the arrest. Your lawyer is your ally and you should upfront and honest about all facets of the case, even if they are embarrassing. A lawyer needs to be fully prepared when they stand before the court. A last-minute surprise can have a bad outcome. For the consultation, the lawyer’s paralegal will instruct you to bring all documents the court has mailed to you including the police report. The lawyer will review each violation with you for which you are being charged.

In this initial consultation, if you’ve selected a multi-lawyer firm, ask if the lawyer you are meeting with will be the lawyer representing you in court. With larger firms, you may first meet with a senior lawyer who after reviewing your case will assign you to work with someone else in the firm. This is the standard operating procedure, and something you should not worry about. But ask to meet briefly with the lawyer who will be handling your case to size up the person. Make sure you have confidence in the person. You have a lot riding on their representation of you.

Armed with the right information, and with a good DWI lawyer in Anne Arundel County by your side, you can navigate the legal process with your rights protected.

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