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How an Attorney Helps After a DUI Charge

How an Attorney Helps After a DUI Charge

Facing a charge of driving under the influence is an incredibly uncertain time in a person's life. If you are ever in this situation, you could feel like your driver's license, professional credentials and your job are all in jeopardy. Society does not take drunken driving lightly, and you may feel a certain social stigma after being charged. However, just because you feel trapped does not mean you are without legal options.

You still have rights

Your rights are always important, and they are doubly important when you are facing a DUI charge. Remember, despite what you might feel socially, you are innocent until proven guilty in the court of law. Secondly, you have a right to an attorney who can be your advocate through the legal process.

What are the penalties for DUI?

First-time offenders can face numerous criminal and administrative penalties for DUI, which means you can be sentenced to jail time and have your license taken away. The maximum punishment for DUI in Nebraska includes:

  • 90 days suspended or revoked driver's license
  • Mandatory alcohol assessments
  • Court-ordered alcohol classes and treatment
  • Ignition interlock to drive your vehicle
  • 60 days in prison
  • $500 fine

The consequences for DUI are steep, and because of this, many people are unsure of what to do after a charge because they aren't aware of their options. You might think it is easier to just plead guilty without facing a judge or to save money by representing yourself in court.

You might feel like you just want it to be over, but your patience and willingness to fight could pay off. There are specific advantages to hiring an attorney that can potentially save you money and heartache.

How an attorney helps

According to Business Insider, hiring an attorney after a DUI arrest saves people an average of $4,000 on car insurance alone. Additionally, people who hire a private attorney instead of a public defender are more likely to have their charges reduced upon sentencing.

An attorney can also help you seek alternative sentencing and work with the court to balance your need for rehabilitation with society's need for justice after a conviction. You still have a right to live a productive life after a DUI, and an attorney can help you gain access to the legal resources to help you get there. Although no one can guarantee the outcome of a case, you are still assured of your individual rights and access to an attorney when facing DUI charges.

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