It is sometimes a good idea to attend some sort of classes related to drug or substance abuse or driving, whereas other times it would not matter too much, although the attorney should talk about these things because the client should be aware of them either way. It is possible some of those classes might have a good affect on the person’s life or the kind of sentencing they might face if they ended up pleading to a DUI.
Is It An Admission Of Guilt To Attend Defensive Driving Or MAD Class Immediately After, If The Attorney Recommended It?
Admitting guilt would not be an issue in this case the person would have to talk about these options until after they had already pled guilty. It is not something that would be admissible at trial or something that would have to be brought up or talked about. It cannot hurt to do those things, although whether or not they would be useful in any particular case would depend on the situation. A person can’t just take any defensive driving class and expect that to help, because there are certain specific classes that need to be taken. The attorney can talk about what those are and make referrals to the right people to contact for them. A person cannot just take whatever class they think is good, but certain ones can be helpful in some situations, such as if they took a PRIME for Life class or something like that.
Should They Refrain From Activities That Might Get Them Arrested Again?
Yes, absolutely. A DUI is an enhance-able offense, which means the penalty would be more severe if they did it again in the future. A lot of the plea bargain deals people might opt for, which might be better than a DUI or might be favorable to them, are also enhance-able offenses. It would still count as the second DUI in a lot of cases, if someone pleaded their first DUI down to something lower, but then got another DUI.
The person would need to make sure that once they got the first DUI and were in the process of getting it taken care of, that they did not go and make things harder on themselves by getting a second one. First of all there would be harsher penalties, and secondly it would not be good for the case; it would look bad that the person did the same thing again a couple of weeks later. This can make judges upset, which may lead them to want to make an example of the person, and they might give a harsher sentence than the person would have received otherwise. It is always important to be careful to not do anything that could lead to being arrested, whether drug related or otherwise. Using common sense and following the law are really the best advice, so these kinds of situations do not arise in the first place, but it does go without saying that the person should definitely not do that again during the process of going through a DUI.
Can Someone Refrain From Those Habits And Just Say They Are Sorry?
Yes, sure. There are all kinds of different clients. Some have gotten a DUI as a result of an addiction problem, whereas others really are the victims of bad circumstances and they were not drunk and should not have gotten a DUI, or things got out of hand and they were unfairly charged. If someone has a problem with drinking or with drugs, then a DUI can sometimes be a wake-up call, in which case it would be time for the person to assess their situation, their friends, their activities, and take stock of what they are doing with their life. I am not a psychiatrist or a life coach, but as a DUI attorney, I am there to help my clients do the best they can with their DUI charges. I see people who get a DUI and then need to have some treatment, which can help with their sentence if it is necessary, and it can also help people turn their lives around. I have had clients who stopped drinking because of the DUI, so they really changed their lives for the better, which is always a good thing when it happens.
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