Get to Know Elements and Charges
When you meet with your Orange County DUI lawyer, he or she will go over all of the elements of the offense as charged. That’s important because those elements must be proven in order to reach a conviction. You have probably heard the phrase “beyond a reasonable doubt.” That is the standard of proof for the prosecution. If any element of your case is not proven, you may be acquitted.
What about the charge(s) against you? Your attorney will discuss everything with you—the charges, potential fines, and approaches to your defense. You may make a great witness on your own behalf. If so, your lawyer will explain what to expect and counsel you to testify truthfully to avoid perjury (making a false statement under oath).
How the system works
What can you expect as your case works through the criminal justice system? Your Orange County DUI lawyer may recommend a plea negotiation.
In the case of a DUI conviction, your attorney will explain the penalties associated with the offense. For example, you may have your driver’s license suspended or revoked; and/or be required to attend an education or other program. Your insurance costs may rise. If your case involved an accident, you may be liable for damages in a civil suit.
What about attorney fees? Your lawyer should review costs in detail and give it to you in writing. Bills can include a retainer for your attorney to take your case and charges for expert witnesses, and other needed costs to get the best defense. Your Orange County DUI lawyer will tell you what to expect from his office and from the court. Get representation by a firm that is experienced in our local system by calling Coffey & Coffey at (800) 706-7888.