– from Frank J. in Greendale, WI
I was pulled over for not signalling late at night, not swerving, not speeding, not driving too slow. When the officer asked if I had anything to drink I told him I had two martini's earlier in the night. He asked me to step out of the car and to a field sobriety test, which I passed. Then he asked me to blow into a breathalyzer to measure my BAC. It was a .09 and I was arrested for a DUI. I want to beat this charge. I was basically pulled over because these police officers had nothing better to do and I was driving right before bar close. I need to know if my chances of beating this charge are better going it alone and self representing myself or hiring a DUI lawyer. Thanks for your help.
Criminal Defense Attorney Response:
Your story is unfortunate.
The reason is simple, a DUI lawyer knows how to review a case, look at evidence, and barter with the opposing prosecutor. This is something no matter how clever you may be you just do not have the experience to do properly.
Let's put it another way. If you had the option to buy a special $2 Powerball ticket that had 1:100 odds to win the same jackpot as a normal $1 Powerball ticket with 1:10,000,000 odds which would you pick if you had to spend $2 on Powerball? Everyone would pick the $2 Powerball ticket.
The same holds true when hiring a DUI lawyer. The experience in reviewing cases and relationships DUI lawyers have with opposing prosecution allows them to obtain better deals.
I hope this help. Good luck with your case.
Jeff Hughes, J.D.