Do I need a lawyer for my DWI?

Our attorneys will investigate the circumstances surrounding your traffic stop, and consider all possible defenses.  If you have legal defenses, we will discuss those with you prior to court.  We can also assist you in preparing you for your appearance in court, and try to minimize any adverse consequences by the presentation of mitigation.

When should I call an attorney?

You should call an attorney as soon as possible after your arrest.

Will I lose my license if I am arrested for DWI?

The loss of one’s privilege is an administrative sanction which may be imposed by the Motor Vehicle Administration.  Possible reasons for suspension include failure to submit to the breathalyzer after an officer has reasonable grounds to believe that you have been operating a vehicle after drinking, taking the breathalyzer and registering over the legal amount, and being convicted of an alcohol-related driving offense.  There are many situations in which proper legal advice is crucial to preserving your privilege to drive.

On other traffic charges, can I just represent myself?

You always have the legal right to represent yourself.  However, if any of your charges are labelled “must appear”, meaning they carry a potential sentence of incarceration, we recommend that you seek legal advice before going to court.

Can I represent myself at the MVA hearing?

Again, you can always do so.  However, since most such hearings involve the possibility of suspension or revocation of your license, it is recommended that you seek legal advice prior to the hearing.

Can I get a public defender to handle my MVA hearing?

No.  Since the hearing is not criminal but administrative in nature, you do not have access to a public defender.

When do I need a lawyer for my criminal case?

If you are charged with a crime that carries a potential sentence of incarceration, we recommend you seek legal advice before going to court.

Can my record be expunged after I go to court?

If you are found guilty of a crime, it cannot be expunged.  Any disposition short of a guilty finding, including a Probation Before Judgment, stet, nolle prosequi, or not guilty finding may eventually be expunged, provided that you are not found guilty of another charge arising from the same event, and are not subsequently convicted of other charges.