Some legal matters can be handled In Pro Per (do-it-yourself) by plaintiffs and defendants, but when it comes to criminal matters, it is best to retain counsel to represent you through the process.
I know and have heard of a number of litigants representing themselves In Pro Per for DUI charges. Unfortunately, these defendants tend to accept harsher plea bargains or sentences as a result of not being represented by an attorney.
If you are ever charged with any type of criminal offense, it is best to consult with a public defender or private attorney under all circumstances. Being convicted of a DUI will result in serious consequences that could impact your career and entire life. Contact me for a consultation to find out how I can help represent you and defend your constitutional rights. Read on to learn how to go about hiring an attorney to represent you for a DUI in Washtenaw County.
Review the Attorney’s Credentials
Before you hire a DUI attorney, I recommend you meet with him/her to review their qualifications in handling cases similar to yours. Here are a few questions to ask a prospective attorney prior to hiring him/her as counsel:
1. Will I be able to contact you directly?
2. How many years have you been practicing DUI criminal law?
3. Do you have trial experience?
4. What is your preferred strategy for handling a DUI case?
5. Are there any new changes to the law that could affect the outcome of my case?
Determine the Attorney’s Trial Experience
If you want to obtain the best trial outcome for your DUI case, it is in your best interest to retain an experienced litigation attorney for representation. You may have to go to trial to resolve your case. Handling a trial In Pro Per can put you in a tough situation, especially when the prosecutor is a trained litigant. Having an attorney by your side can mean the difference between spending time in jail versus obtaining an acquittal or reduced charge.
Find Out the Attorney’s Experience in Negotiating Plea Bargains
An experienced DUI attorney can help you negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecution. Oftentimes, during plea bargain negotiations, defendants cannot obtain the best plea for themselves without the assistance of counsel. Hiring an attorney to represent you can help you protect and preserve your constitutional rights during the plea bargain process to ensure that you get the best possible plea deal available.
An Attorney Can Help You Understand Michigan’s State Criminal Code
The Michigan State criminal code is quite complex and frequently changing. The misinterpretation or application of the law by a novice not trained in the law and legal research can result in you obtaining an unfair conviction and/or sentence. That novice may be you or an inexperienced attorney who doesn’t regularly defend drunk driving cases. Drunk driving charges are particularly complex. If you have been arrested for a DUI, I recommend you contact an experience DUI defense attorney immediately after arrest to receive legal counseling regarding your case. An attorney well versed in Michigan’s DUI criminal code can help you understand the charges asserted against you and provide you with legal representation.