Recent news reports, in Canada and across North America, tell the tale of a New Jersey, USA, man arrested for driving a backhoe on a public roadway while intoxicated. However, media reports underscore the fact that more often than not the expense paid for a DUI lawyer is more than offset by the savings when it comes to other expenses associated with a DUI charge and conviction. Although the story seemed to be intended to be a light piece of journalistic puff, the reality is that news of a man driving a backhoe while intoxicated points to the serious nature of driving under the influence.
About 50,000 Canadians are arrested annually for impaired driving. Some of these individuals are also the cause of serious accidents.
The Progressive Penalties Associated with Impaired Driving
One strategy that has been adopted across Canada to deal with impaired driving is a system of progressive penalties in driving under the influence cases. What this means is that if a person ends up with a DUI conviction subsequent to an initial one, the penalties are enhanced. With each subsequent impaired driving conviction, those penalties continue to enhance.
Generally speaking, DUI sanctions increase on two primary levels. The fine increase and the amount of possible jail, or even prison, time enlarges. In addition to sanctions, other requirements associated with a conviction for DUI become more significant after the first driving under the influence case. This includes a requirement to attend alcohol education classes after an initial conviction to participate in alcohol treatment in subsequent cases.
The Importance of Retaining a Skilled DUI Lawyer
In addition to reporting odd cases of people operating unusual vehicles on public roads like a back hoe, media reports also compare and contrast the different resolutions of cases when a skilled, experienced DUI lawyer is involved in the process and when a defendant fails to obtain solid legal assistance.
An experienced DUI lawyer does charge a fee for his or her services. However, media reports underscore the fact that more often than not the expense paid for a DUI attorney is more than offset by the savings when it comes to other expenses associated with a DUI charge and conviction.
For example, with a skilled DUI lawyer, a defendant is in a better position to decrease the amount of money assessed in the form of a fine. In addition, other potential penalties associated with a DUI conviction oftentimes are lessened thanks to the skillful assistance of an experienced DUI lawyer.
As a general rule, an experienced DUI attorney will schedule an initial consultation with a prospective client at no charge. During the initial consultation, a DUI lawyer will evaluate a case and provide possible defense strategies to a prospective client. A potential client also has the chance to raise any questions he or she may have about a case.