Today I was in a Virginia court and observed something disturbing - yet far too common. While waiting to speak with the prosecuting attorney I heard a lawyer tell his client he would ask the prosecutor to reduce the client's first offense Virginia DUI charge (0.09 BAC) but if the prosecutor refused, he would have the client plead guilty. Presumably in an attempt to make the client feel better about hiring a lawyer who apparently didn't know how to fight a DUI charge, the lawyer pointed out the defendant would not likely go to jail and would probably be granted a restricted license. The client initially resisted, but eventually the lawyer talked the client into giving up the right to have a trial for no apparent reason.
It was evident the lawyer had not conducted a thorough investigation of the facts, and did not know how to challenge either Field Sobriety Exercises or a breath test result. I call lawyers like this "escorts" because they take money from clients and then screw them by having them plead guilty without actually advocating for them. Even more unsettling is the fact that in my experience, this is precisely the mindset of the overwhelming majority of lawyers in DUI cases. They plead their clients guilty because THEY DON'T KNOW HOW TO FIGHT A DUI CHARGE.
Don't let yourself or a friend become a victim to one of these "escorts". Do your homework and hire a real DUI Defense Lawyer.
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