Durham DWI Law Firm, Pierce Law Offices, Cautions Drivers Against Making Common Mistakes In Their Durham DWI/DUI Cases

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Charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or drunk driving? It is important for to know what steps to take after being stopped for Durham DWI. But more importantly, knowing what NOT to do in a DWI case can protect one's interests and liberties during their case.

If you have been charged with Drunk Driving or DWI it is important to hire a lawyer that will standing by your side and not in your way.

Drunk Driving or DWI cases are complicated and can drastically affect a person's life. Most people who have been charged with DWI are unaware of what to do. Knowing what to do is almost as important as knowing what one shouldn't do in a DWI case. Pierce Law Offices is proud to announce the release of their "Common Mistakes in DWI/DUI case" list. This list is not meant to be exhaustive as that would take hundreds of pages to adequately list, given the fact that each and every DWI case is different.

1) It’s only a DWI: A DWI is one of the most serious kind of criminal misdemeanor charges that ordinary people can face in North Carolina. A DWI conviction may mean serious jail time and a criminal record that will haunt a person for years to come.

2) Do I Really Need A Lawyer?: As a DWI lawyer, this is one of the most common questions asked. The simple answer is ABSOLUTELY! DWI Cases are extremely complex and adequate representation is essential to protecting one's liberties and interests. Choosing to proceed pro se versus hiring an attorney could mean the difference between an guilty and not guilty verdict.

3) Attorney’s Fees Determine the Attorney: Picking a lawyer should have very little to do with the amount of money that is being charged. The old saying “you get what you pay for” is never as true as in DWI case. Hiring the cheapest may mean hiring a lawyer who does not have the time for the case or an adequate and well thought out defense. Don’t uses the cost as a determining factor for picking a DWI Lawyer.

4) Continuing to Drive: Continuing to drive after receiving a DWI charge or while the case is pending is a sure fire way to end up back in court for something else (like DWLR). It is very important to that stay off the road and refrain from driving unless the attorney has applied and received a limited driving privilege. A pre-trial driving privilege is a simple process and determining if you qualify to apply should take no more than five minutes.

5) Failing to come to court: A defendant's appearance at court date is mandatory if they have been charged with a crime. There are some limited exceptions to this rule (i.e. severe medical or family emergency) but any excusable absence from court will require documentation and is in the court discretion on whether to accept it as excusable. Failing to appear at a court date may mean the Judge will issue a warrant for arrest and revoke any bond that was posted. Additionally, if there is an outstanding warrant the police may attempt to locate an individual at their home or job.

6) Talking too much: When facing a DWI charge, remember that keep quiet! It's on the TV all the time, "anything you say can and will be used against you." The only person worth talking to should be a DWI Lawyer. Refrain from telling anyone anything because this is not protected speech and the prosecution can use what is said.

Need of a DWI lawyer, stop! Don’t just hire the someone your friend knows. Find a Durham DWI Trial Lawyer. Attorney J. Wallace Pierce understands that feeling overwhelmed and confused is the norm when dealing with DWI charges. Call a DWI Lawyer and get answers to DWI questions.

Contact Attorney J. Wallace Pierce, a DWI lawyer in Durham, he’ll stand by your side and not in your way!

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