It’s only a drunk driving first offense; can I handle it myself?
Your night out ended with you getting pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence. This is your first ever drunk driving charge. No one was hurt and you do not even believe that you were that impaired. Handling this case in a Pennsylvania criminal court should be pretty easy right? You don’t need legal counsel, do you?
A drunk driving first offense that does not involve an accident or harm to anyone may not seem like a big deal, but there can actually be some long-term consequences of which you may not be aware. While you can, if you wish, handle your case alone — that is certainly your right — it is strongly advised that you reconsider going that route. Having legal counsel at your side can prove invaluable to your case.
What can a criminal defense attorney do for you? Drunk driving charges have both criminal and administrative penalties attached to them. On the administrative side, you could end up losing your license if you do not address the matter in the appropriate timeframe; while on the criminal side, how you address the court could make or break your case. A criminal defense attorney can help you by making sure you tackle the administrative side of the issue on time, all while presenting your criminal case in court. To learn more about how an attorney can help your case, please take a moment and visit our firm’s website.
A drunk driving first offense may not be a big deal. You may not face significant penalties. At the end of the day, you never know how your case is going to go until you really get into it. Pennsylvania residents who are facing DUI charges can protect themselves and their futures by having experienced legal counsel at their sides through every step of their criminal proceedings.