Who is a Criminal Defense Attorney?
A Defense Attorney represents a person who has been accused under criminal charges and defends his right at every stage of misdemeanor and felony case ranging from arrest to appeal after conviction. They are hired either privately or appointed by government called as Public Defenders.
Why a Defense Attorney for DUI?
Where a person has been convicted under criminal law charges for DUI (Driving under influence of alcohol or other intoxicating drugs), employing a criminal defense attorney could make a lot of difference between prison sentence to reduced charges. Even in simple cases these Criminal Defense Lawyers ensure that the right of the accused is protected through out the proceedings of the case. Hence it becomes important to choose a DUI attorney who is qualified, competent and experienced.
How does a Criminal Defense Attorney help with DUI?
In addition to questioning witnesses in the court an attorney does the following:
- Negotiate with the prosecutors for reduced punishments and sentences for drunken driving and other cases.
- Help defendants to cope with reduced self esteem and fear factor.
- Frame sentencing program for the defendants avoiding future legal problems.
- Educate the defendant about his position and the likely outcome of the trial and the strategy adopted to defend the case.
- Aware of the legal provisions and loop holes available in defense for DUI.
- Familiar with the court customs and procedures which are not written any where.
- Aware of the hidden cost of pleading guilty.
- Gather information from prosecution witnesses.
- Hire investigators for the DUI case if necessary.
When is a Public Defender appointed for DUI?
Depending on the financial position of the accused the court allows the appointment of an attorney on behalf of the accused on a request made by him. He is also required to make a declaration of details about his financial condition. Some courts proceed appointing an attorney immediately, while others delay for verification. The entire expense of appointing an attorney is borne by the court. In cases where the accused does not qualify for a free help, but who also cannot bear the full expense is allowed to take the services of a court appointed attorney by paying a portion of the expense.
Originally posted 2016-12-11 14:10:48.