When you are caught driving under the influence of substances, there are many things that come with the punishment. You can for example get a jail term and penalties if you are charged for the first time. However, if you have had similar charges in the past, there is a lot more that can happen. These cases are very serious and can be hard if you are dealing with them for the first time. Bearing in mind the hefty penalties and long jail term that you may get, it is better to hire a good attorney to take you through the difficult times. The type of attorney you hire will also determine the outcome of your case. To ensure that you get minimal penalty or punishment, it is a good idea to hire a seasoned attorney. The following are the key advantages of hiring a seasoned attorney for such cases.
First, a seasoned attorney will help reduce your charges. In most cases, all a prosecutor needs are evidence that you got arrested while drinking under the influence. However, your attorney knows that the equipment used to test your alcohol level may have been faulty. Further, you may not really have taken too much alcohol and you may also have had some medication. All these are things that can lead to positive alcohol or substance use tests and the tests may not be valid. You will thus take advantage of the experience of the lawyer to get minimal punishment. These attorneys have all the skills that are needed to ensure they protect their clients.
Second, a seasoned attorney will ensure that your interests are respected all along. This will start from the time you got arrested to the time the final judgment is made. During this time the attorney will look for loopholes that may have been used by the arresting authorities. He or she will use these loopholes to ensure that your charges are nullified or dismissed. If for example you got arrested by police officers who were not warranted to do this, then this can be a chance to use against the prosecution side. The arresting process may involve illegal things being planted in the car by the unwarranted officers and this also helps weaken the case against you. All these are the various rooms your attorney can use to negotiate your freedom.
Finally, a seasoned lawyer will save time. He or she knows what to do the moment such a case reaches them. as such the case will take a shorter time because the attorney knows how to assess the evidence against you, confirm the tests as well as do more investigation about your case. Seasoned attorneys have good working relations with judges and this may give you greater negotiation power. They know how to work with the authorities and they know the lowest charges that you can get. He or she will thus negotiate for what is possible and this helps ensure the case is concluded within a short time.