It’s a fair question. To us, the answer is pretty clear: YES! And frankly, while we would be happy to represent you for your DUI charges, we would rather you have any lawyer—even if it’s not through our office—than to have you handle this alone.
If you’ve been charged with a DUI, you should get a lawyer. And the sooner you get a lawyer, the better off you will be.
DUI charges are serious. With a DUI conviction, you could face jail time, driving restrictions, fines, and many other repercussions. Even before a conviction for DUI, you are likely to see restrictions on your driving privileges. This is one of many reasons that, the sooner you get a lawyer on your side, the more protected you will be.
Anytime someone is arrested for DUI in the state of Utah, that person has 10 days to request a hearing from the Driver’s License Division (“DLD”). The DLD is going to try and suspend your license for at least 120 days even before any conviction is entered against you. You need to act fast to get a lawyer on your side to request the DLD hearing and to fight to keep your license.
Additionally, there are many subtle or nuanced defenses that may be available to you that you may not be aware of. Did the police respect your constitutional rights during the traffic stop, investigation, and arrest? If not, you may have a complete defense to the charges against you!
Even if your rights were respected and the cops did everything right, there are still lots of options available to you that a lawyer can explain and/or help you to pursue.
On top of everything else, a lawyer can help you to navigate what is a complex and scary process. When your rights—when your freedom—are on the line, that is no time to try your hand at law. Value yourself, your rights, and your freedom enough to get some help.