Facing any criminal charge is a stressful experience, but knowing that you’re going to have to head to trial is enough to make most people nervous. While you’re free to represent yourself in court, doing so can be more challenging than you might expect. Hiring an experienced Denver criminal defense attorney is the best way to handle your upcoming case. If you’ve been debating whether or not you should represent yourself or allow the court to appoint legal representation for you, here are a few reasons to consider hiring a DUI attorney instead.
Court-Appointed Representation May Not Focus their practice on DUIs
Court-appointed attorneys are typically considered legal generalists. This means they’re familiar with the legal system and the charges against you, but they do not focus on defending against DUIs. While some will be perfectly capable of representing your best interests, others may not be equipped to advocate for you. This can result in higher penalties, potentially unfair punishments
, or stricter-than-necessary sentencing. An experienced DUI attorney may be able to get your fines reduced or argue for a lesser sentence.
DUI Attorneys Are Familiar with Sobriety Testing
Roadside sobriety tests are not always accurate and an experienced attorney knows this. They’ll be able to look at the tests you underwent and argue on your behalf, especially if the results were out of proportion or entirely inaccurate. They’ll even have access to expert witnesses to explain why the tests were not the best way to judge what happened on the road. If you were to represent yourself, it would be far more difficult to prove any errors in testing. John Buckley is certified in administering roadside sobriety tests and certified to teach police officers how to do so.
They Have Experience in the Courtroom
Court proceedings are confusing if you’ve never experienced a trial before. This confusion, combined with the nerves of speaking to a judge, can make it difficult to represent yourself properly. Experienced DUI attorneys
have countless hours of courtroom experience. This means they won’t get flustered when the judge poses a question, they’ll understand the complicated legal jargon, and be able to explain each step of the proceedings to you easily.
Attorneys Understand How Charges Impact Your Record
If you’re like most people, you probably aren’t sure how the charges against you will impact your record in the long run. Google® is a great resource, but it’s no substitute for explanations from an experienced attorney. They understand the nuances of each charge, punishment, and fine and can explain to you precisely how they’ll impact your future. Without an attorney to guide you through the process, you may be surprised with unexpected consequences of the DUI charge.
You’re Going Up Against Legal Professionals
When you represent yourself, you’re going up against a team of experienced legal professionals that know the laws and regulations like the backs of their hands. They’re prepared to sentence you to whatever they deem fair and appropriate. This can make it difficult to argue on your own behalf without getting caught up in the technicalities of the legal system. An experienced attorney will be just as prepared as the court.
Looking for a DUI attorney to represent you in an upcoming trial or case? Contact The Law Office of John L. Buckley, P.C. and schedule a free consultation today. Our team is happy to come to you, wherever you’re located in the Denver-metro area.