Should I Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer After Being Arrested for DUI?

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While a DUI is a traffic violation, it is also a crime in all states. If you have been arrested for DUI, you should always contact a criminal defense lawyer immediately, especially if you have extenuating circumstances, such as previous DUI arrests or because you are being wrongly accused of DUI.

What Can a Criminal Defense Lawyer Do For Me?

Both Florida and New York states have strict DUI laws with heavy consequences, including the loss of your license and jail time if you break them. You may be facing more trouble than you think if you are arrested for DUI, even if it is your first time.

A criminal defense attorney can:

  • Provide legal knowledge of DUI laws, defenses, and procedures. They can help you through the legal process, including gathering evidence that could help your case.
  • Help protect your rights. A criminal defense attorney can head off any violations of your constitutional rights by prosecutors or police officers.
  • Help reduce the penalties against you. A criminal defense lawyer can work to minimize the penalties you are facing. The attorney can also explore other possibilities, such as diversion programs or plea bargains.
  • Determine a strong defense. Provide case assessment, including checking whether the traffic stop was valid, and the field tests were accurate, and, if applicable, argue the validity of a breathalyzer or blood test.
  • Negotiate on your behalf. Negotiate with prosecutors for a lower sentence, lower bond, alternative sentencing, and more.
  • Represent you in court if your case goes to trial. Your criminal defense lawyer can cross-examine witnesses, challenge the prosecution’s evidence, and make sure you are properly represented.

In addition, your attorney will work to mitigate long-term consequences, such as the loss of your license, difficulty finding employment, increased insurance premiums, extended jail time, and more.

Where to Find a Criminal Defense Lawyer for DUI in Glens Falls, NY

McPhillips, Fitzgerald & Cullum, LLP serves Glens Falls, Chestertown, and the surrounding areas in New York. We also serve Miami Shores and the surrounding areas in Florida. To find out more about DUI representation, speak with a criminal defense lawyer at McPhillips, Fitzgerald & Cullum, LLP. To schedule a consultation, please call 518-792-1174 in Glens Falls and Chestertown and 305-751-8556 in Miami Shores.


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