Can I represent myself for a DUI or traffic violation?
Anyone can represent himself or herself in his or her case, but the District of Columbia and Maryland DUI and DWI and other related drunk driving laws can be difficult to follow and the penalties are significant.
An experienced DUI attorney will negotiate with government prosecutors as your representative and try to win at trial or fight for minimum punishments. An experienced DC DWI attorney can attempt to bargain for reduced plea offers on your behalf. Each case typically has issues with evidence and procedures that, if addressed appropriately, may benefit your case.
Penalties for drunk driving offenses have become more severe and building a good defense requires experience with DC and Maryland procedural laws, rules, and practices.
A general practice attorney or an attorney who is unqualified for DWI cases may not be the best option and could even hurt your case if inexperienced with DC or Maryland DWI/DUI law. It is recommended that anyone facing a drunk driving charge retain a knowledgable attorney, such as those at Nave & Associates.