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The Ramifications of Pleading Guilty to DWI

Explained by Our Knowledgeable DWI Attorneys

You should definitely never just plead guilty. That would be tantamount to standing at the edge of the cliff and then deciding you might as well jump because you could see there was something below you.

It really does not make any sense, which is why it is so important to decide on what to do next after you speak to a qualified DWI attorney who can advise you of all the serious ramifications of doing so.

Let us suppose you were charged with a misdemeanor. If you plead guilty to the misdemeanor and are later arrested within 10 years under suspicion of driving while intoxicated, then all of a sudden, it will be charged as a felony.

Call Lebedin Kofman LLP today at (646) 663-4430 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with one of our DWI attorneys.

It Would Be a Mistake to Not Hire an Attorney

People who are charged with a first-time DWI often do not want to spend the money to hire a good attorney. They may not think they have the time or maybe they simply don’t want to keep coming back to court, which is why they would decide to just take the misdemeanor conviction on the first arrest.

That person might not have the type of job where background checks matter, so they would not see how the DWI charges can possibly affect them. People generally do not think about how many times they will be on the road in the next 10 years, and that they would probably be arrested at some point.

You will not necessarily get arrested because you were driving drunk because you can also get arrested under suspicion of driving drunk, which would be a felony. It would suddenly be a very serious crime, which makes it a much more difficult case to fight. It would be a case where, if you are convicted, the ramifications will much harsher than the initial misdemeanor case.

This is why it is very important to have someone who knows what they are doing to take a look at your case, even if you think you will surely lose.

An Experienced Attorney Can Find Details in the Case to Help Reduce or Drop Charges

When we look at a case, we often find that the devil is in the details. We are often able to find small issues that we can parlay into getting better deals for clients.

Defending a DWI can be a highly nuanced game, and it is something where you will really need to understand what you are doing in order to spot all issues and get the best results for yourself.

There Is No Mercy of the Court

There can be many different ways to negotiate a criminal case. One tactic is to not really focus on the evidence but to instead discuss the possibility that although the person may well be guilty, he or she is a good person and they have never been in trouble so they deserve a break.

The other issue to look at is the value of the evidence. An attorney can tell the prosecutor they believe the state cannot prove their case at trial because a skilled attorney will be able to leverage issues they found so that they can get a better deal.

There would, of course, be an aspect of the mercy of the court, but since every court has a different judge, it is very abstract since every judge has a different way of handling his or her courtroom.

It is important to have an attorney who is familiar with the judge, prosecutor, court, system, and rules, as well as one who has previously practiced in that court so they are confident and familiar with the proceedings.

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