It all started with a couple of drinks with friends or a glass of wine with dinner, it ended with an arrest for drunk driving and a pending Court date along with a notice of suspension from the DMV. So what now? What are your options going forward and which route is the best to take?
First, let me say that anyone facing a DWI arrest should consult with a local lawyer as soon as possible to go over the specific facts and circumstances that are unique to your case. With that in mind, you have several choices. One, you can do nothing and let the system have its way with you. This option is for those who like to bury their head in the sand and let the world do its thing. This option is not the wisest choice because the judicial system is cold and dispassionate, the DA, the Judge, the Court all will run roughshod over you and not lose any sleep. Your other option is to hire a lawyer who specializes in driving under the influence cases, someone who can handle the DMV hearing to keep your drivers license and go to Court for you when you are ordered to appear. (Remember, the DMV hearing must be set up within 10 calendar days from the arrest)
The other choice is to defend yourself. This is one that will be dangerous because the disrict attorney will not give you any breaks because you are not a lawyer, you will be outmatched, outgunned and out-lawyered from the beginning so be careful. Also, be wary of advice from non-attorneys who may be quick to offer their opinion.
Matthew Ruff is a DUI Lawyer in Torrance who has over twenty one years experience in the business. Anyone seeking legal advice can contact him directly at 310-527-4100. In addition, he regularly posts articles relevant to DUI on his blog Torrance DUI Attorney . In the next few weeks you may be bombarded with legal advertisements from lawyers claiming they can get your case dismissed or better yet get a letter of apology for you if you pay them thousands of dollars. Be sensible. No Law Firm can ethically promise you a result in your case.