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Four Mistakes When Charged With a DWI

If you've recently been cited for a DWI offense but haven't yet begun to navigate the legal system, you're undoubtedly understandably worried about the effect that a conviction will have on your life. You probably even know people who have experienced long term, far reaching repercussions due to a DWI conviction. 

1) Taking Advice From Friends and Family

Your friends and family members will naturally want to do anything they can to help, including giving you legal advice gleaned from their own experiences or from those of their own friends or family. However, each situation is unique, and nothing should act as a substitute for advice from an experienced attorney. 

2) Not Hiring an Attorney Immediately

One of the biggest mistakes made by those facing DWI charges is not hiring a lawyer as soon as possible after the charges have been filed. Waiting until your first court appearance is looming doesn't give the lawyer much time to craft an effective defense or even to learn the pertinent facts of the case.

3) Not Being Totally Truthful With Your Attorney

Holding back information from your attorney because you think it's inconsequential or because it's embarrassing is never a good idea in a DWI -- that one piece of information may be exactly what your criminal defense attorney needs to create a strong case in your favor. 

4) Not Hiring an Experienced Attorney 

All attorneys are not created equal -- you need a knowledgeable and experienced advocate on your side when dealing with a DWI. Please feel free to contact Townsend, Gebhardt & Eppes, PLLC at your convenience for more information on navigating the legal waters of a DWI charge. 

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