One of the most misleading marketing tactic used by some DUI lawyers is that it’s easy to get a drunk driving charge dismissed. In this article, I want to get to the truth about having a DUI charge thrown out of court. As a teaser, though, let me begin by noting that, in the technical and confusing way most of those DUI legal services are marketed, my office obtains dismissals in the vast majority of the cases we take, so they have nothing on us. In the interests of honesty, however, (something that gets steamrolled over in legal marketing, like fresh asphalt in a new parking lot), that does NOT mean that most of those DUI cases go away altogether.
As we set off, I’d ask the reader to think for a moment about all the celebrities who make the headlines for something like a DUI or an assault and battery charge. This is a fairly regular part of the news stream. For the most part, the public is more interested in the fact that So-and-So was arrested for something, rather than following the case as it winds along. Unless someone really well-known goes to prison for years on end for some horrible crime, people tend to have lost interest, when, 4 or 5 months later, So-and-So gets a year probation and 100 hours of community service for a DUI, or punching some photographer.
One thing almost all celebrities have in common is money. None of them is going to wind up with a court-appointed lawyer. When a professional athlete or well-known entertainer gets in a jam, he or she will hire a top-shelf lawyer. People like this don’t go looking for the lawyer who markets him or herself based on having the most affordable fees or having a payment plan. The rich and famous hire the best.