What to Do After a DWI: Do You Need a Lawyer?

December 27, 2022


Are you or someone you know facing a DWI charge? If so, you’re likely wondering what to do next. Should you hire a lawyer or go without? The next decision you make could be crucial in determining the outcome of your case.

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Did you know that New York has some of the steepest penalties when it comes to DWI law? If you are found guilty, you could face losing your license, expensive fines, jail time and a criminal record that will follow you around for the rest of your life–and that’s just for a first-time offense. With so much at stake, do you really want to attempt to fight your case alone? By hiring an experienced DWI lawyer, you’re providing yourself with the best chance of reducing or eliminating the number of consequences you’ll have to face.

  1. DWI Laws are Complex. There’s a reason that becoming a lawyer can take nearly a decade. An effective lawyer spends several years of study getting familiar with the law, learning how to navigate the ins and outs so they’ll know how to build a strong defense. If you’ve just been charged with a DWI, which is already a stressful situation, you can’t be expecting yourself to suddenly gain an in-depth understanding of the law while crafting your defense. This is why representing yourself is almost guaranteed to have a less desirable outcome.
  2. The Power of a Second Opinion.It can be hard to have perspective when you are the one getting charged with a crime. Having a second opinion in the courtroom is a powerful thing, especially when it comes in the form of an experienced lawyer who has been able to look at your case from every angle. Every DWI case is unique and has strengths and weaknesses. An experienced lawyer will know how to make those strengths work in your favor while defending the weaknesses.
  3. Getting the Best Outcome Possible.Why wouldn’t you give yourself the best chance of winning, especially with so much at stake? If you’re found guilty, there is no doubt you will be impacted for the rest of your life. Your family, finances, and career are all things to consider if you’re facing a charge because all of these things will be affected if you are found guilty. Hiring a lawyer provides you with a strong defense, making it much more likely that charges will be reduced or even dropped, so you can move forward in life and not be held back by one bad decision.
  4. The Specifics Matter.Remembering the specifics of how you got stopped and arrested matter because even the smallest details can help build your defense and help you win your case. However, the importance of specifics doesn’t stop there. They also matter when you’re searching for a lawyer. Finding a lawyer that focuses specifically on DWI related cases is to your benefit. This means a lawyer is only focusing on one type of case, and won’t be distracted by other types of cases crossing their desk. They are professionals in their field.


Wondering where you can find a DWI lawyer you can trust? The DWI GUYs is a firm of experienced lawyers who focus solely on DWI law, using cutting edge defense strategies to help our clients achieve the best outcome possible.

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