Seattle, WA criminal defense lawyer Lucas D. McWethy talks about the benefits of hiring a lawyer to defend your DUI.
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I have a number of clients that will come in accused of DUI and ask why they should hire an attorney? Their breath test is over the legal limit, they don’t feel like they have a lot of options. One of the number one reasons I tell people to hire a DUI attorney is you don’t know what mistakes were made. You don’t know what evidence would ultimately get in, and you might have a better outcome. Second, and I believe part of my job is to make sure that the outcome meets what crime was actually created. The potential outcome of a DUI is anything up to a year in a jail, a $5,000.00 fine, and multiple other sanctions that go along with that. Part of my job is to make sure you come out the other end with the least amount of penalties as well as you’re in a position to get your life back together. Whether that’s through getting your DUI dismissed, reduced, or at least in a manner that’s not going to result in losing your job or even your kids. So that’s why I say to hire a DUI attorney that’s skilled in DUI law in Washington is to help you through the system and get the best outcome possible not the first outcome.