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Why should I hire a private defense attorney?

You may think you have no options if you have recently received a DUI charge in Silver Spring. Whether you have had a few previous run-ins with the law for other minor criminal offenses or this is your first, you are allowed to take actions to help improve the outcome of your situation. 

First, recognize a criminal charge does not make you helpless. It is important for you to consider your legal options first, so you have time to get your affairs in order to potentially avoid a conviction. Consider the following information on why you should hire a DUI defense attorney

Can you afford to not hire an attorney? 

By law, you are afforded a public defender. However, you risk your future on their competence, commitment to your case and effort. Many public defenders have heavy caseloads. It is very likely that the public defender chosen to represent you might not give you the vigorous representation you want. Consider how beneficial hiring a private criminal defense attorney can be for your circumstances. An attorney has experience, an in-depth understanding of criminal law and court procedures and can help you avoid mistakes and issues in your case. 

How well do you know your rights? 

The laws are very complex and not easy for a non-expert to understand. Many people in situations similar to yours incriminate themselves, not realizing they are giving the prosecution more evidence to build their case against them. Your attorney will inform you of your rights, educate you on what you can and should not say and do, make you aware of possible rights violations that may have occurred during your DUI traffic stop and arrest, and they can use those violations to strengthen your defense. 

It is not easy being in front of a judge, prosecutor and jury of your peers to be judged. You might become nervous, anxious and emotional, increasing the chances of you making critical mistakes during your trial that could affect the verdict. It is important for you to follow all court procedures and to remain respectful during your trial.

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