If you are thinking of hiring a Tempe DUI lawyer, there are several things you should consider before making your choice. Hiring the wrong attorneycould easily be a costly mistake, because the wrong attorney may not be able to help you minimize the issues related to a DUI or criminal charge.
Why Not Just Plead Guilty?
Many people who are arrested for DUI take the attitude that they are already facing hefty fines and other penalties, so it is probably better to just plead guilty and move on. This is particularly true if the prosecutor has told you that he or she will “reduce” the charges in exchange for a guilty plea. At the time, this may seem like a good solution to your problems. However, this strategy can backfire if you are ever arrested again for DUI. A good DUI lawyer in Tempe will explain that what you do today could come back to haunt you in a few years.
The first thing to remember is that prosecutors do not do you any favors by offering you a “deal.” A prosecutor offers a DUI defendant a deal because it is expedient for the State to do so. In other words, the prosecution is not trying to help you; they are simply trying to put another win in their own column and at the same time minimize the amount of work involved in prosecuting a DUI.
While this may seem like a good all-around solution, yourlawyer will tell you that it is not always the best choice. When you choose to plead guilty now for very little benefit you may be throwing away the chance to negotiate a future DUI case and may face much more serious penalties at that time. Arizona courts are allowed to “look back” for seven years from the date of your DUI arrest, so if you plead guilty to a DUI in college, you could theoretically be a “repeat offender” by the time you are 30 just for being pulled over with a BAC of .08 percent one time.
How Lane, Hupp & Crowley Help Your Case?
We have the experience and the access to many resources to help you beat or at least reduce a DUI charge. When you retain a us, you are not just hiring the best to represent your legal interests; you are also retaining our experience of a team of lawyers who has represented hundreds of people accused of this crime. We have been representing people charged with driving under the influence for many years.
When you are being investigated with an Arizona DUI or another crime, you need to take immediate steps to obtain the help of our experienced Tempe Criminal Lawyers. Working with us can make all the difference in terms of the ultimate result of a matter, and one thing that’s sure is that the prosecution and the police will not rest or wait for a suspect or defendant to begin building his or her case.
Protecting Your Rights is Our Duty
When you are arrested for DUI in Arizona, you can face some of the toughest penalties in the United States even for a first conviction. Potential penalties include jail time, stiff fines and the requirement to have an ignition interlock device installed in a convicted defendant’s vehicle. These sanctions are not only difficult to endure, but they are also extremely expensive.
When you hire us, our attorneys will be able to challenge the evidence that could be used against the suspect, handle the DMV administrative hearing that affects a person’s driving privileges and even negotiates a potential plea with prosecutors if such an approach is appropriate.
Clearly, anyone who faces either of these situations must immediately take steps to handle these serious legal problems. Rather than attempting to deal with these situations alone, those who are in this position should seek the help of Lane, Hupp & Crowley, PLC today. Click here to schedule your free consultation.