Salt Lake DUI: Why Should I Hire An Attorney
I’ve had a number of people ask me if they really need to hire an attorney for a criminal offense (most often they are asking in relation to a Salt Lake City DUI). I’ve seen the benefits of having an attorney versus the potential pitfalls of not having one and always recommend that people speak with an experienced attorney about their case.
I have seen prosecutors make an offer to an unrepresented individual and then make a better offer to resolve the case once an attorney is involved.
I’ve seen people go to court and plead guilty to ALL the charges in their case when a prosecutor would have made them an offer to dismiss some charges if only the person would have known to speak with the prosecutor and negotiate a resolution. As a former prosecutor, I know what a number of offices in this State will offer to defendants for various offenses. I know when and where there is room to push for a better resolution for my clients and when to take a case to trial.
I’ve seen individuals represent themselves in Salt Lake DUI cases and not understand that there are a number of potential consequences to a DUI plea; including, among others: suspended driver’s license, installation of an ignition interlock device on a vehicle, restrictions on having ANY alcohol in your system when driving. These individuals don’t realize that the Utah Driver’s License Division can impose orders you must also follow separate from the court orders. I can walk you through all of the consequences a criminal conviction will have for you.
I’ve seen cases in which people could make valid constitutional arguments to have evidence dismissed or cases thrown out and they simply plead guilty because they aren’t aware of their constitutional protections. Constitutional claims can be very nuanced. I have experience arguing countless DUI motions and can tell you whether or not you have a valid constitutional claim.
A DUI in Salt Lake, and the rest of Utah, carries significant penalties. The court will impose a penalty if you plead guilty or are found guilty at trial and then you may be facing additional orders for the Utah DLD. An experienced attorney, like myself, will make sure any constitutional claims or any defenses are brought before the court, will explain all of the consequences of pleading or of being found guilty at trial, and will know (If it’s in your best interest) how to proceed with plea negotiations to have charges dismissed or reduced.
If you’ve been charged with DUI or any other crime in the state of Utah, you’d be wise to speak with an attorney. I offer free consultations and am available to meet seven days per week. Give me a call at 801-916-5227 to schedule your free consultation.