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DUI & DWI Lawyer Services by State

DUI & DWI Lawyer Services by State

DUI/DWI Lawyer's Services in the United States

An attorney at law is a particular practitioner in different courts of law, who is legally qualified to defend and or prosecute actions in a court of law. In this case, a DUI lawyer is legally qualified to defend or prosecute people who have been charged with a DUI or DWI in the United States of America. In a 2011 survey, there were an estimated 1.3 million licensed attorneys in the United States, and in a 2012 survey close to 60 million Americans sought out an attorney in that year. DUI lawyers are located in every state and provide help for people being charged with a DUI or DWI, which are very serious infractions to be charged with. These infractions lead to serious fines and penalties, along with potential jail time if convicted of the charge. It has been stated that a good number of deaths occur every hour due to impaired driving, and because of this, there have been some very strict laws implemented throughout every state to help prevent injury and death because of impaired driving.

What many people do not fully understand, is that it is very beneficial to hire a DUI lawyer to help defend your case, as in many cases, the charges can be lessened or even dismissed. This does not change the fact that a person was driving while impaired, but a DUI lawyer is there to help handle the burden and bulk of the problem. On the first offense with no injury and no damage, the average total costs will be around $6,000 to $10,000, with the bulk of this coming from a person's insurance costs skyrocketing. Court costs will run upwards to about $1,500, legal fees can go upwards to about $5,000, license reinstatement will run about $500, and rehabilitation classes if required will cost about $500. Then, of course, there is the ignition interlock system that may be installed in a person’s vehicle once they receive their license back, and a person can expect to pay close to $5,000 over a three-year period for this one device. Finally, there is the simple loss of income if a person is sent to jail, participating in community service, in and out of court, and other services that may be involved, a person will not have a chance to work and make money. This is, of course, an estimated cost in the United States for one person being charged with a DUI and no one has been injured, and no damage has been done, and of course, this is the best-case scenario.

 People will always ask if it is in their best interest to have a DUI lawyer represent them; the optimal answer is to have some kind of representation who is legally qualified and familiar with the law. If a person goes ahead and pleads guilty, in most cases, the maximum amount of charges and penalties will be laid, and this does include potentially being ordered to a drug rehab facility. With legal representation, a person can be guided through the system, while still having the opportunity to take responsibility for their actions, but quite possibly have the charges lessened or even dismissed. DUI charges are taken relatively seriously in the United States because of the large amount of unnecessary damage, injury and death caused by impaired drivers. When in doubt seek out legal counsel for any DUI charge, and get the best advice possible.

 

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people.