DWI Lawyer Albuquerque – If you’ve been arrested and charged with a DWI, you are probably already dreading the amount of money it is going to cost you. You might be wondering if you really need to spend the money on legal representation at your DWI arraignment. The short answer to that is yes, you should have a lawyer present.
“What happens at your arraignment is very important, and having an attorney present will be beneficial to you,” says Salim Khayoumi, Esq., an Albuquerque lawyer. “A lawyer will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge, including an understanding of the court system, plea bargains, and complex administration procedures.”
The prosecuting attorney may offer a plea bargain. In many cases, a defendant who is without representation may be tempted to accept a plea bargain, especially if it is one that doesn’t include jail time. However, an experienced attorney will know to thoroughly investigate the facts of your case, and when you might have a chance getting a better outcome if you go to trial. In some cases, your attorney may even be able to argue grounds for dismissal of the DUI/ DWI charge.
During your arraignment, you’ll be asked to enter a plea if you have not already accepted a plea bargain. You can enter a plea of guilty, not guilty or no contest. Your lawyer can advise you when it is in your best interest to plead not guilty, and when it might be right to plead guilty and move on.
Additionally, your attorney brings unique knowledge that you might not have. For instance, an experienced attorney will know prosecutors and judges, giving unique insight into how a case may play out in court based on previous experiences.
A DUI or DWI charge is not as simple as a traffic violation. They are rarely simple matters, and can have a lasting effect. This is why it is important to hire a skilled attorney who will know and understand your rights.
A well-trained lawyer will thoroughly investigate your case, offering the knowledge you need to get the best possible outcome for your individual situation. While a DUI or DWI charge is considered a misdemeanor charge, in New Mexico it can still result in jail time, suspension of your license, points added to your driving record, fines, counseling and/or probation.
Having an experienced lawyer on your side can help you navigate the often times confusing legal system. Khayoumi Law Firm offers a free, confidential consultation to determine your options and to create a legal plan for you. If you or a loved one has been arrested or charged with a DWI, contact the office today at 505-333-8613.
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