While you are not the type to intentionally break the law, a recent lapse in judgment found you behind the wheel after you had one too many. A police officer noticed your erratic driving and pulled you over. The result was a charge of driving while under the influence and your court date is now set. Even though you have no plans on contesting the charge, it still pays to hire a lawyer who will represent you. Here are some of the reasons why you need access to legal counsel.
You Don’t Know the DUI Laws
Since you are not involved in the legal profession, it stands to reason that your knowledge of laws related to driving under the influence is limited. That lack of knowledge also means you don’t really know how those laws are applied in different cases. By contrast, a lawyer will be familiar with all laws related to DUI in Toronto and can help you understand how they apply to your case. You may be surprised at what the lawyer is able to tell you about the circumstances and what those laws could mean to the outcome of your case.
Someone to Review the Events
There’s more to the case than the fact you should not have been behind the wheel. The problem is you don’t know what to look for as you go over the chain of events leading up to the arrest. A lawyer will know how to review and assess every action that took place from the moment you got in your car to the second you were released on bail.
Why does this matter? It’s because the lawyer will protect your rights by reviewing every action taken by the arresting officer and anyone else involved with your case once you arrived at the police station. The goal is to make sure all actions were done in accordance with current laws and procedures. If something was not done properly, that could work in your favor.
Providing Counsel on Your Options
How you choose to plead may not be as cut and dried as you think. It’s only after your Kitchener DUI lawyer has reviewed all the relevant information that you should decide how to present yourself to the court.
Depending on the circumstances, some factor could mean that you do choose to contest the charges after all. Your lawyer can present you with each possible course of action, what could happen if you choose that course, and make sure you understand fully the ramifications of your decision. This allows you to make an informed choice that is the most likely to be best for you and your future.
Remember that you have the right to legal counsel no matter what sort of circumstances apply to your case. Seek out a lawyer who will help you understand the laws related to driving under the influence, review the actions taken by law enforcement officers, and provide you with facts about your options. The support from the lawyer will go a long way toward helping you make the best decision about how to proceed.
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