With drunk driving legislation news making its rounds, it seems like as good a time as any to discuss your options if you find yourself charged with an OWI.
Hiring a lawyer to help you defend an OWI case in Wisconsin can help you in ways you may not even be aware of. The Wisconsin courts, like any legal system, can be a difficult-to-navigate and frustrating process for the uninitiated, but an experienced Wisconsin drunk driving lawyer can help you get through it with relative ease.
Here are five of the most important reasons why hiring an attorney to help you defend your OWI case can pay dividends.
1. Greater familiarity with the courts
As mentioned, the court system can be a bureaucratic nightmare if you don't have the savviness provided by an experienced OWI lawyer. The complex administrative procedures and paperwork chock full of law-speak involved with even the most basic OWI charge can be broken down into simpler terms by such an attorney.
One more thing: if you are considering hiring a lawyer, make sure you can not only connect with them in normal conversation, but that they make the details of your case more easy to understand. Don't be afraid to ask questions, or you may never get the answers you need.
2. Knowledge of plea bargain details
Any good defense attorney should know the ins and outs of plea bargaining. In most cases, plea bargaining can be a practical alternative to a defense trial for any number of reasons:
- plea bargaining can dramatically reduce uncertainty involved with a case and the likelihood of a harsh sentencing
- it helps those charged avoid the publicity involved with a trial
- it can vastly reduce the time and money commitment involved with a case
3. The severity of your sentence can be mitigated
If your BAC tested well above the legal limit, you may feel simply pleading guilty is your best option. However, an experienced OWI defense lawyer may be able to offer you advice that can help lessen the severity of your sentence.
Remember, truly adept attorneys have the knowledge and experience to negotiate a plea bargain with maximum benefits to those they represent.
4. Advanced knowledge of technical aspects of OWI laws
Attorneys build their reputations on knowing every detail of each law. Perhaps nowhere is this more true than when applied to OWI laws, which involve plenty of judgment calls from officers and sobriety tests that are prone to failure.
If processes are not followed down to the most minute technicality, an OWI charge can be dismissed.
5. The ability to decipher between the differences in multiple offense OWIs
The implications of your plea and your sentencing vary dramatically depending on how many OWIs you've committed in the past.
The Wisconsin drunk driving bill that's been all over the news would change these laws once again, so it's crucial to have a drunk driving lawyer that is agile enough to know these various implications even as they change.
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