Winterville DUI Lawyer
Facing DUI charges can be a stressful and frightening experience. Our Winterville DUI Lawyers at The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson have over 50 combined years of experience defending DUI charges. We understand the potential penalties you are facing and want to help protect you and your future. Contact us as soon as possible after the arrest and see how we can assist with your case.
Plea Bargains vs. Trial
When charged with a DUI, your case will be resolved through either plea bargaining or by going to trial. There is a lot to consider when deciding to take the plea or take your chances at trial. Some people plead guilty in order to avoid being found guilty by a judge or jury. Other people think they have a better chance at a favorable outcome if they take their case to trial. The most important thing when making this decision is to contact a Winterville DUI Attorney.
Pros and Cons of Going to Trial
Going to trial has several advantages but also several disadvantages. While you may think a jury will rule in your favor, it is important to remember that DUI charges have a negative stigma in the community. A jury of your peers may not look favorably on a DUI charge no matter if you are innocent. However, if the prosecutor does not offer you a favorable deal, your best option may be to take it to trial.
However, your case should only be taken to trial if you have experienced representation on your side. Your license, future, and freedom are on the line.
Pros and Cons of Taking a Plea Bargain
A plea bargain is an arrangement between the prosecutor and defendant where the defendant pleads guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for a more lenient sentence or an agreement to drop other charges. Many people take a plea bargain, even if they are not “truly guilty.”They do this to avoid risking their chances of being convicted at trial. While taking a plea bargain may seem like the easy option, there are conditions. The sentence almost always includes probation, and there are multiple rules that must be followed while on probation. A failure to comply with the terms will result in a probation revocation, and the defendant may face having to serve the rest of their sentence in jail.
However, plea bargains can send defendants time and money. Defendants avoid the court appearances associated with going to trial and also save money by not having to pay for an attorney.
Let Our Winterville DUI Attorneys Help You Today
No matter which decision you make, rest assured our attorneys can assist with your case. We fight and win DUI cases on a regular basis. On the other side, we are just as capable with negotiating a plea bargain outside of court. Our Winterville DUI Attorneys can help you make the decision to go to trial or accept the plea bargain. This is the most important decision in your case and can make the difference in your freedom or ability to drive. Do not trust this decision with a general practitioner! You need someone who works with DUI cases on a daily basis to give you the most informed opinion.
During the trial, the State has the burden to prove each element of the case against you beyond a reasonable doubt. That is why we take a pro-active approach in presenting your side of the story. Not only will we challenge the evidence brought against you, but we will bring our own evidence in order to show you are not guilty.
Winterville Municipal Court
Winterville Municipal Court handles city ordinance violations, traffic offenses, and other misdemeanor charges, including shoplifting and DUI, that occur within Winterville Municipal Court. Winterville Municipal Court is located at 125 North Church Street, Winterville, GA 30683. The Honorable Judge Markus Boenig presides over the Court, and Wendy Bond is the Municipal Court Clerk. For more information, call 706-742-8600.
Contact Our DUI Lawyers in Winterville Today
Time is of the essence in Athens-Clarke DUI cases. A DUI conviction can have a severe impact on your future, and it is critical that you hire experienced representation to help with your case. With thousands of cases successfully resolved, you can trust our DUI Attorneys in Winterville to defend your rights. Contact us today.