Common Misunderstandings Regarding Your DUI Case

There are many common misconceptions about DUI cases. James E. Novak in Phoenix, AZ, can help explain these misunderstandings during your initial consultation. For instance, many accused drivers immediately believe they are guilty, and are unable to fight the charge.

One of the biggest misconceptions is that a client will assume that simply because they were drinking and driving that they are guilty.
When you obtain legal counsel from a DUI attorney like James Novak, you improve your chances of having your case dropped, or the charges reduced. Contact The Law Office of James Novak today to learn more about the benefits of working with an experienced DUI attorney.

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Common Misconceptions about DUIs

Every DUI case is different, and DUI laws and rulings can change. Some of the misconceptions that clients often have about DUIs include the following:

  • Drinking and driving = guilty. One of the biggest misconceptions is that a client will assume that simply because they were drinking and driving that they are guilty. This is often not the case, and pleading guilty to a DUI charge can have serious, far-reaching consequences that will affect all areas of your life. So even if you did drink and drive, you should fight the charges against you to avoid extensive jail time.
  • Similar cases will have similar outcomes. Some clients assume that their DUI case will be similar to someone else’s DUI case, and will have a similar outcome. The reality is that each DUI case is unique and the circumstances surrounding one DUI case is likely to be quite different from that of any other case. Additionally, an attorney’s skill level and experience are likely to have a significant impact on the outcome of the case.
  • Being too negative or too positive. When you work with a skilled attorney, you are far less likely to serve the maximum sentence if convicted, so there is no reason to think your case is hopeless. This is true even for those with prior convictions. It is also wise not to be too optimistic about your case, or assume certain outcomes.  
  • Thinking a public defender is as good as a private attorney. Public defenders are skilled and experienced attorneys who have chosen to work for the government rather than for the private sector. There is no reason they could not adequately defend a DUI case. However, public defenders are commonly juggling multiple cases at a time and are unable to dedicate the time and energy needed for your case. A private attorney can dedicate their time to your case and ensure your case is either dismissed or that your charges are significantly reduced.

Contact The Law Office of James E. Novak

Working with a DUI lawyer who is experienced in this specialized area of the law can greatly reduce the charges against you, and can potentially have the case dismissed. Contact The Law Office of James E. Novak to schedule a case evaluation. 

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