5 Reasons You Should Not Represent Yourself After a DUI

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The State of California takes drunk driving seriously and imposes harsh penalties on offenders. While intoxicated driving needs to be discouraged, the overzealous application of the law unfairly targets those who may not be guilty. When charged with DUI tickets, get help. Here’s why:

Normal Guys in Court

You are presumed innocent until proven guilty, and you have a right to a trial and an attorney. That doesn’t mean the prosecutors or the judge plans to take the time to treat you fairly. Mistakes are costly.

  1. Severe penalties include the loss of driving privileges and a jail sentence.
  2. A conviction remains on your driving record for ten years.
  3. You must juggle the requirements of courts and the DMV at the same time.
  4. You are responsible for any errors you make on your official court documents
  5. You do not have the network or relationships with the prosecutors or judges to negotiate

In most cases, defendants rely on the public defender’s office. The problem is that the public defender is often overworked and has little time or inclination to protect you adequately.

A Conviction

If this is your first offense, minimum penalties include:

  • 48 hours in jail
  • Nearly $2000 in fines
  • A 90-day license restriction
  • Mandatory alcohol treatment
  • Up to 5 years of probation

Some courts might even require you to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle, and your insurance rates certainly increase.

If this is your second or third offense, expect a longer jail sentence and loss of driving privileges. If someone was injured or even killed due to your intoxication, you could also face manslaughter charges.

Traffic Attorneys

California’s traffic laws are complex, and a California speeding ticket attorney is an excellent option. They know the nuances of police procedures and have relationships with the DMV and traffic courts. In some cases, charges might be reduced to reckless driving or dismissed if police officers made a mistake

Ticket Clinic offers one of the most extensive networks of skilled traffic attorneys in California. Contact Ticket Clinic to discuss your case and ask about affordable rates for representation.