What to Learn From Your DUI Attorney
First of all, your Orange County DUI defense lawyer should explain the elements of the offense. These elements consist of what the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt in order to win a conviction against you. Should one or more of the elements be missing, the information you provide may help win an acquittal.
Your Orange County DUI lawyer should thoroughly explain what lies ahead for you in the criminal justice system, as well as explain the ramifications of any plea negotiation, conviction, or other alternative sentencing.
Additionally, your attorney should explain the actual drunk driving (or other underlying) charge, as well as all possible consequences of the charge, including:
- All possible defenses
- All possible fines
- Whether you may be liable to pay for damages regarding any injuries
- The conviction consequences, which include the maximum and minimum penalties
- Driver’s license revocation or suspension possibilities
- Alternative sentencing options, including alcohol education or diversion programs
- Possible increased insurance premiums
Your Orange County DUI attorney should go over the issue of perjury, which is the making of a false statement under oath, as well as explain the ramifications of committing perjury. These include the possible penalties that can be imposed on you and what actions your attorney will most likely take if he or she knows that you intend to lie on the stand. Obviously, your attorney will encourage you to testify truthfully if you take the stand at your trial.
Finally, your attorney should explain the fee arrangement in detail and have you verify in writing that he or she has explained it to you and that you have accepted it. Included in the fee arrangement are: any amount of retainer required, expert testimony fees if required, an agreement of who will be responsible for the costs of any disbursements, and an assessment of the total amount of charges. An open and honest discussion of the fee arrangement will both satisfy your attorney’s ethical requirements and help you avoid future disagreements.
If you have been charged with a DUI and would like more information, please contact a DUI defense attorney in Orange County at Coffey and Coffey by calling 800-706-7888.