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A DWI arrest, or driving while intoxicated arrest, is a serious offense that may result in criminal charges. A defendant may be charged with a DWI if evidence proves that the defendant was driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, or even prescription medications. A DWI lawyer can offer extensive help to the DWI defendant, and any defendant who has been arrested on a DWI charge is urged to find a lawyer for the case.
How Can a DWI Lawyer Help?
A DWI lawyer can provide invaluable assistance to the entire DWI case from the arrest to the court hearing. The assistance a lawyer can provide at this time includes:
Preparing the defendant for the bail hearing – the lawyer can work to quickly obtain character references and additional information, which may result in a lower bail price.
Preparing the defendant for the arraignment – the lawyer will ensure that the defendant maintains the proper appearance and decorum during the arraignment, and that the defendant enters the correct plea at this time.
In some instances, the lawyer may successfully argue down the DWI charges against the defendant. As a result, a defendant may receive a reduced penalty such as a fine or community service instead of jail time. A court trial may be avoided entirely if the DWI lawyer is successful at reducing the charges. If a court trial is scheduled, the lawyer will work to ensure that the defendant is prepared for the trial, and the lawyer’s efforts during the trial may result in a reduced court-ordered penalty or ruling.
Private vs. Public DWI Lawyer
Defendants who have been arrested on a DWI charge should obtain a lawyer as quickly as possible. If a defendant cannot afford a private lawyer, the defendant may request a public lawyer. Each state has strict laws regarding qualifications for a public lawyer, especially for DUI or DWI charges, and a public DWI lawyer may only be awarded if the defendant can prove that no financial resources or assets (including a vehicle, savings, or property) can be used to pay for the services of a lawyer.
*The information in this article does not constitute legal advice. Please contact a legal professional in your local area for the best up-to-date and accurate legal advice.