Do I need a DUI attorney if I know I'm guilty?
Yes! You should never give up on your case. The consequences of a DUI conviction are simply too serious to give up without a fight. Here are some of the reasons you should hire an attorney for every Virginia DUI charge:
1. If you don't hire an attorney, you won't have access to the police report or body cam/dashcam video.
Hiring an attorney ensures that you get access to the evidence against you. You should not trust your memory about what happened the night you were arrested. There is surely a significant amount of information in the police report and that are completely unaware of. Police officers are allowed to lie to you about how well you performed on the field sobriety tests. They are allowed to lie to you about almost anything. You should hire an attorney so that you'll have access to the police report and other evidence in your case.
2. A DUI conviction is permanent in Virginia.
If you just show up to court and plead guilty, there's a 100% chance you'll be convicted and have a permanent criminal record. Hiring an attorney will at least allow you to make an informed decision about your case so you won't have to spend the rest of your life wondering whether you made the right decision.
3. Hiring an attorney sends a message to the judge and prosecutor that you take the case seriously.
Showing up in court without an attorney sends a message to the judge and prosecutor. It can signal to them that you do not take the case very seriously. If they get that impression from you, there's a good chance they won't take your case very seriously either. With an attorney, the prosecutor knows that someone is looking over their shoulder to make sure they don't take advantage of you.