Thursday, February 18, 2016
First-time Offenders: When You Need a DWI Lawyer
Some people believe that it is not necessary to hire an attorney if you are a first-time offender accused of Driving While Impaired (DWI). While there may be a few types of cases for which you may not need a lawyer, it is always best to work with DWI lawyer, even if it is your first offense.
In DWI cases representing yourself is never a good idea, even if you took a Breathalyzer test that resulted in a Breath Alcohol Content (BAC) reading more than .08. A high blow doesn’t necessarily mean a conviction. Also, while it is unlikely that a judge would impose jail time if it is your first offense with no aggravating factors, a skilled lawyer will attempt to show the court mitigating factors to minimize the severity of the sentence if you are convicted.
Even if you have .08 BAC or less, you could still be convicted of DWI if the police officer testifies that you were under the influence of alcohol and lacked the coordination to safely operate a motor vehicle.
The stake are high: a DWI conviction is costly in many ways. Do everything possible to keep your record clean. Maximize your odds by hiring one of the experienced DWI attorneys of Kurtz & Blum.