Dale: An experienced attorney also finds ways to circumvent probation departments that impose longer terms than others.
Interviewer: I see.
Dale: A successful plea by an attorney may result in no probationary term. There are different ways to handle this situation. There are many cards that are being dealt on the table and you have to play them very carefully.
Interviewer: What do you think prevents most people hiring an attorney for their DUI case… even if they have met a qualified attorney?
Dale: Feelings of guilt, that they’ve done something wrong. As we mentioned earlier, people in this situationjust want the episode to be over. They think by pleading guilty, they’ll get it over with. It’s important to note that but most courts will not allow someone to plead guilty at the arraignment without an attorney.
Interviewer: But there probably are attorneys who will accept a case and then just plead them out anyway. In that case, the client has no protection.
Dale:That’s correct. That does happen, unfortunately, and usually with attorneys that have quoted a low price to just to be retained by a client. Like everything else in this life, you get what you pay for and sometimes less.
Interviewer: Have I omitted any crucial questions about DUIs?
Dale: I would advise anybody that’s offered a test, in this day and age and with the use of the Intoxilyzer 8000, to take it, because more than likely, you can beat the test. However, you can’t beat a refusal.
By Dale Naticchia