Lawrence Taylor (retired) explains why it is a mistake to not hire an attorney and simply plead guilty in a DUI case. There are two main reasons why a person arrested for DUI should hire an attorney and not simply plead guilty. First of all, the arrestee is throwing themselves at the mercy of the court, when no such thing exists. The district attorney will have no mercy for an arrestee who simply pleads guilty. Secondly, the arrestee is pleading guilty blindly. In many DUI cases, there will be problems with the breath machine. Furthermore, there is a lot of information contained in audiotapes, videotapes, dispatch logs, or usage logs that an arrestee will not be able to use to their advantage if they simply plead guilty and not hire a DUI attorney. There are a number of reasons why the person prosecuting the arrestee may reduce the charges or the recommended penalty. Among them is all of the information that the DUI attorney can acquire through discovery, the reputation of the attorney, and his skills in the courtroom.
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