When charged with a DUI or a traffic offense, many people assume there’s no way to fight the charge. They often plead guilty without even trying to defend themselves, possibly hoping that a lenient judge will be overseeing their case. Things rarely go in their favor under those circumstances and many people actually end up with traffic court convictions they don’t deserve.
Even if you think the deck is stacked against you, you should still consult an attorney. A lawyer experienced in defending against Fairfax County traffic violations can evaluate the facts of your case and give you a better indication of how you should proceed. You may find that your attorney has the expertise to identify evidence and laws that can help you defend against the charges.
In some cases, your attorney may not be able to offer you the hope of an acquittal, but that doesn’t mean he can’t do anything for you. He may be able to arrange for a deal in which the prosecutor reduces the charges or recommends a lower fine or penalty. Depending on the circumstances of your case, a reduced charge may mean avoiding hits or points on your license.
Every case depends on the police offer’s testimony and evidence, but, if your attorney can disprove those facts, you may walk away without a conviction at all. Similarly, police often become embroiled in new cases and can’t make it to court. In that case, your attorney may be able to arrange for the charges to be dismissed. Since your case will hinge on the officer’s testimony, his failure to appear affects your ability to defend yourself.
In general, hiring an attorney increases your chances for a favorable outcome and ensures your rights are protected. While a judge and prosecutor may not deliberately attempt to curtail your rights, they’re also not going to help you defend yourself. Without an attorney working for you, you may not know enough about the law to properly protect yourself. This is why so many people pay fines and serve jail time for convictions, when they really weren’t guilty of the charges.