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Myth Number 3: Can Any Attorney Defend An Accused Drunk Driver?

If a friend or relative asked me for help on a matter involving asbestos litigation, my response would be to consult an expert in the field. I would try to send the client to the most skilled lawyer I could find who specializes in this area of practice.

When a prospective client walks into the average law office and asks for help on a drunk driving case, some attorneys will agree to represent that person even if they have never handled criminal matters. The attorney may advise the person to plead guilty and work out an arrangement with the court to keep his or her license with the least possible suspension time. The attorney may not adequately investigate the facts of the case or get copies of documents and other evidence that are readily available through discovery.

After a conviction, these clients soon learn what most drunk driving defense practitioners already know; the penalties are not only serious but, like the Energizer Bunny in the TV ads, they keep going and going and going. Consequences, like license suspension, fines, community service, probation, mandatory counseling or alcohol treatment, and possible incarceration (even for first offenders) are likely. These cases also carry a plethora of other consequences that will confront the convicted driver days, months, or even years after the conviction.

Consider these DUI consequences as prompting an increase in insurance costs. Moreover, many attorneys are unaware that most credit bureaus now include drunk driving convictions on credit reports. This not only will affect future credit, but it may also prevent convicted drivers from getting jobs where the prospective employer runs a credit check in processing job applications.

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Myth Number 1: Are Most People Accused Of This Crime Guilty? | Myth Number 2: Is Drunk Driving Is A Minor Offense? | Myth Number 3: Can Any Attorney Defend An Accused Drunk Driver? | Myth Number 4: Are DUI Cases Winnable? | Myth Number 5: DUI Cases Are Just Like Any Other Criminal Case |
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