If you have been charged with driving while intoxicated, you might feel as though your life is over. You might worry that your driver's licence will get revoked, which could make it harder for you to get to work. The good news is that you don't necessarily have to deal with any of these negative repercussions if you are able to get a good attorney that specializes in defending those who have been charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI). The bad news is that you might not want to spend all of the money on a DWI attorney or even have that money in the first place. Here are some questions that you can ask yourself to determine if you actually need a DWI attorney.
1. Could the level of alcohol in your blood be called into doubt?
The first question that you need to ask yourself is whether or not the level of alcohol in your blood could be called into doubt, meaning that the reading could be wrong. If you have an extremely high level of alcohol in your blood and an officer is willing to tell the court that you were not driving as though you were sober, then you are almost certainly going to have to plead guilty. In this case, a DWI attorney won't help you that much. If on the other hand your alcohol level was close the legal limit to drive, close to the point that you might be able to make the claim that the content was not read accurately, then you might be able to use the assistance of a DWI attorney to make your case. An attorney will be able to help increase the chances that you will be able to exploit the lower blood alcohol content to possibly avoid pleading guilty.
2. Is this your first DWI?
If this is the first time that you've been charged with driving while intoxicated, then you will be facing lower charges so the need to win your case will not be that high. If you are charged with a second or a third DWI, then you will absolutely need to get an attorney in order to make sure that you will be able to get the lowest sentence possible. The stakes are much higher for someone with a second or third DWI and it is important that they have as much help as they can get.
For more information, talk to a DWI attorney.