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How to Fight a DUI Without a Lawyer

Yes, you can try to beat a DUI or DWI without a lawyer. Many courts allow people to represent themselves. However, if you fight your DUI or DWI without a lawyer and lose, you may face fines or jail time. You can also hire a DUI or DWI lawyer to represent you in your case.

Your Options for Defending Your Case

When defending a DUI or DWI case, you have three main options:

Represent yourself in court: You can choose to defend yourself against a DUI or DWI charge. Many courts allow defendants to represent themselves without a lawyer.

Work with a public defender: If you decide not to hire a lawyer, the court may assign a public defender to your case.

Hire a private DUI attorney: You can hire a private DUI or DWI lawyer to fight your charges. A private attorney can offer personalized attention, direct consultation, and a thorough investigation of your case. They will handle the legal work, deadlines, and communications for you.

Legal Services Provided by a DUI Lawyer

A DUI or DWI lawyer can offer a variety of legal services for your case. These services may include:

  • Answering your questions and discussing possible outcomes
  • Providing legal advice to help you avoid common mistakes.
  • Conducting a thorough investigation to establish the facts
  • Defending against the prosecution’s claims
  • On your behalf, communicate with all parties.
  • Working with the court and prosecution to reduce your sentence.

Your lawyer can investigate all aspects of your case to find evidence for your defense. They might scrutinize the handling of the case, question the results of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) tests, or inquire about any coercion that led to your confession.

Reducing Your Charges

You may have more options for fighting a DUI or DWI charge than you think. The case might not be as straightforward as the prosecution claims. A lawyer can help you beat or reduce the charge in the following ways:

Challenge the Charge: An attorney may first try to challenge the charge directly. Since the prosecution must prove their case, your lawyer might argue that there isn’t enough evidence and the case should be dismissed.

Request an Acquittal: Your lawyer may uncover errors in the case management if there is sufficient evidence to convict. A faulty BAC test or an incorrect arrest could have occurred. The prosecution may have also charged you incorrectly or failed in their investigation.

Plea Bargain: Pleading “guilty” or “no contest” might let you enter a plea bargain with the court. In a plea bargain, you agree to plead guilty, and the prosecution might reduce or drop your charges, depending on your case. A lawyer can help you negotiate the terms of a plea bargain.

Call for a Free Consultation with a DUI Legal Team

The KGO Law Firm is ready to help with your DUI or DWI case. We represent clients in Rockville, Fairfax, and the surrounding areas. With years of experience, our team is well-equipped to handle your case.

For a free case review with our DUI and DWI team, call the KGO Law Firm at (703) 988-3711. We can talk about your case and legal options. Contact us today to get started.