When you see the police lights behind you while you are driving under the influence, you know where it is going to take you – straight to jail. Facing a DWI charge is never easy or fun, but there is not much you can do to change the fact that it happened. All you can do is move forward and face the charges. If this is your first charge, here are three ways a DWI attorney can help you with your case.
Work on Getting the Charges Dropped
If there is any way to convince the court to drop the charges, your attorney will aim for this goal. This goal is not always achievable, though. DWI lawyers know when they can pursue this option and when they cannot. If your lawyer thinks that there is enough evidence to ask the court to dismiss and drop these charges, he or she will. For example, if the officer that arrested you failed to read you your rights, you could request that the court dismiss the charges. There are other reasons, too, and your attorney will evaluate your situation to see if any apply.
Aim for a Plea Bargain
One of the most prevalent methods for settling a first DWI charge is through a plea bargain. Getting a plea bargain for your charge helps in several ways:
- It provides a way to receive a lesser charge.
- It offers a way to avoid a lengthy trial.
- It results in less-severe consequences.
If you can get a plea bargain, you will be able to finish the case faster and experience better results.
Assist with Getting Your License Back
Most states automatically suspend a person's driving privileges after a DWI. If this is the case with your situation, your attorney will assist with helping you get it back. Your attorney may do this through the plea bargain the court offers, or he or she might pursue a hardship license for you. A hardship license is not the same as a driver's license, but it does give you the legal right to drive to necessary places.
Every DWI case has different facts and evidence, but you will likely receive a better outcome for your case if you hire an experienced DWI lawyer. If this is your first offense, you will probably see better results than if this is your second or third charge. Contact a criminal law firm to learn more.