You were arrested and now you may be charged with a DUI. You cannot change the past, but you can do two things moving forward. You can make better decisions, and not drive after drinking in the future. And you can hire an attorney to ensure this mistake has a minimal impact on your future.
Saving Money While Hiring an Attorney
A lot of people do not hire a DUI attorney until they have no choice, because they think it is a waste of money. Yes, when you hire a dui lawyer, you will have to pay anywhere from $1000 to $4000, depending on the state and the complexity of your case.
You may think of that money as something you are losing. But you have to think about what happens if you do not have an attorney and you try to figure this case out on your own.
DUI Convictions and Complications
If you do not have an attorney, the chances that you get convicted of a DUI and given a harsh punishment are very high. Why? Because those who appear before the court without proper representation are going to seem like they do not care about the case. They will seem like this situation did not impact them – and that makes a judge more likely to give a conviction and a harsh punishment.
Convictions Cost Money
When you are convicted, you lose money in more ways than one. You will probably have a large fine to pay. You will have to take classes about avoiding DUIs in the future, which cost money. You will likely lose your job, and have a hard time finding another one. That is more money lost.
Now think about what is going to cost you more – the few thousand you have to pay a lawyer, or the thousands you will pay in fees, and the tens of thousands you could lose if you fail to keep your job or get another one with a similar salary.