On behalf of Southworth and Stamman, LLC posted in drunk driving on Friday, August 26, 2016.
Wisconsin Dells is a great place to have a good time. Between the resorts, the night life and all the unique experiences to be had, our region something for everyone. Unfortunately, Wisconsin Dells is also a hot spot for drunk driving arrests.
The year-round population of Wisconsin Dells is fewer than 3,000 people. As a result, many of the city's drunk driving arrests are linked to individuals vacationing from out of town. If you have recently been charged with a drunk driving offense while on vacation in The Dells, it is important to act quickly in order to secure a solid legal defense before you head for home.
But I live in another city or state!
It is generally a good idea to hire legal representation for drunk driving charges in or near the area where you were cited. DUI and OWI laws vary from state to state. An attorney based near where you were pulled over is therefore likely to be more experienced with the laws affecting your individual circumstances, knowledgeable about the judges presiding over cases in that area and closer to your eventual legal proceedings than other criminal law attorneys are.
In addition, acting to find an attorney in the Wisconsin Dells area before you head home for vacation will likely be more convenient for you, as you will likely be able to meet with your attorney and discuss your case in person before you return to Wisconsin Dells to appear in regards to your case.
Isn't it cheaper to represent myself?
If you live far from the Wisconsin Dells area, you may be concerned about adding attorney's fees to the list of expenses you are likely to face due to your drunk driving arrest. You may be tempted to represent yourself in this matter in order to save money. It is ultimately up to you to decide what is best for your situation. However, proceeding without the assistance of a licensed attorney experienced in criminal law may cost you far more in the long-run than attorney's fees would.
If you are convicted of drunk driving in Wisconsin, you could face steep fines, jail time, significant community service and a serious mark on your criminal record. While hiring an experienced, local attorney does not guarantee success in your case, it may ultimately help mitigate otherwise serious consequences of your arrest.