Should I hire an attorney if I am arrested for Driving Under the Influence?
Many believe when they have been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol it makes no sense to hire an attorney. While there are occasions when an attorney may not be able to accomplish any substantial improvement in the defendant's plight, more often than not the attorney can greatly improve the results. For example, an attorney can directly affect the length of any suspensions, the number of times you must take off work to appear in court, when the suspension takes effect and to which charges, if any, you should plead guilty. All of this can have a significant impact on the overall cost of an arrest.
You should discuss the details of your arrest with an attorney as there are many defenses to the charge and all possible defenses should be evaluated before a plea is entered.
You should consult with an attorney even if you decide later not to retain one. The services of an attorney can benefit you in many ways including whether you should contest any charges against you.
Disclaimer: - These opinions represent a generalization based upon Pennsylvania law as of Nov. 1, 2014. You should consult an attorney and discuss your specific circumstances before taking any action.