When you’re arrested for DUI in Gettysburg, one of the first questions you might ask yourself is whether or not you need to hire a lawyer.
That depends on what you want to happen next.
If your plan is to plead guilty to DUI and face the penalties for conviction, without even trying to avoid them, you don’t really have a reason to pay for an attorney. Of course, if you’re convicted, which you very likely will be without a lawyer, those consequences will mean hundreds, thousands or even ten thousand dollars in fines, losing your license and maybe even spending time in jail.
Yes, it’s true, a DUI lawyer costs money. Any experienced professional will. The question you need to ask yourself is, is that cost worth it? Start by adding up the cost of the fines you’ll pay if you’re convicted. Then add in the higher insurance rate you’ll pay once your insurance company finds out about your DUI – and they will if you are convicted, since you legally have to tell them. That’s already a lot of money.
But what will it cost you if you lose your license? Will you still be able to work? And what if you have to spend time in jail? A lot of people would pay anything to avoid the humiliation of losing their freedom and having a DUI conviction on their permanent record.
When you add it all up, hiring a lawyer isn’t an ordinary cost; it’s more like an investment in your future. It’s really the only way to protect your rights; it’s probably the only way you can arrange to face reduced charges or even wind up having the charges against you dismissed. And these are outcomes you can probably never hope to achieve on your own, without a lawyer’s help. The odds are stacked against you going in. A lawyer will help you even those odds.
In other words, hiring a lawyer isn’t just a good idea, it’s a necessity.
Please understand, this is not meant to be a guarantee. There mere fact that you’ve hired a lawyer doesn’t mean that your case is going to be dismissed and everything will go back to the way it was. What it does guarantee is that you will at least have a chance. And the kind of chance a lawyer can give you in a court of law is the kind of chance you would never, ever have facing a DUI charge on your own. The law used in DUI cases is incredibly complex. Witness will talk about science and technology and things that you almost definitely will not understand. You know how they say, “knowledge is power?” Well, in this case, lack of knowledge of a lack of power. You can show up for your day in court and say you’re not guilty, but without expert knowledge, you don’t have much chance of convincing a judge or jury. At least, not when the state Of Pennsylvania brings in a bunch of experts who do know about DUI law – and how to use it against you.
Now, imagine what it might mean to have someone who knows DUI law as well as those state experts, or maybe even better. Suddenly, you have a chance to pick apart their evidence, to question what they say are the “facts,” to give yourself a fighting chance. A qualified attorney can look at the facts of your case and see exactly where the state is vulnerable, or weak, or where you might have a chance. Then they take those facts and use them to develop a strategy that will help you prevail. They will fight for you, they will stand up for you, they will make demands on your behalf, all to make sure that your side is represented and your story gets told. Because by telling your story, and telling it well, an attorney can possibly even help you win your case.
And that has to be worth the investment.
Of course, we’re not talking about any old lawyer. If you suddenly needed open heart surgery, you wouldn’t hire your ophthalmologist to do the job. With your life on the line, you would want to put that life in the hands of an expert. And if you’ve been accused of DUI, as dramatic as it sounds, it’s kind of the same thing. Your life is on the line, the consequences of doing the wrong thing are real, so you need an expert to help you survive. And that means an attorney who specializes in DUI, with the training, experience and guts you need to represent you.
Your DUI case is unique – and you should remember that just because you’ve been accused, that doesn’t mean you’re guilty of DUI. That can only happen if the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania proves you are guilty. And with the right lawyer, you may be able to stop them.
If you’re facing a DUI case, trust the experienced DUI attorneys at The McShane Firm to help you. With the most highly-trained DUI lawyers in America on our team, we promise the kind of aggressive representation you need to achieve the best possible outcome for you. Contact The McShane Firm today to schedule your free consultation.