Question: Do I need a lawyer? Can’t I represent myself in my Maryland DUI/DWI case?
Answer: The answer to that is yes you need a lawyer. If you show up in court without a DUI lawyer, the judge will assume you’re not taking the charge very seriously. The first thing he will do is tell you to go hire a lawyer to help you in the case. And if you don’t do that or fail to do that, the judge will show you just how important a DUI case is and you can anticipate quite potentially going to jail over it. And following going to jail, you’ll have a conviction on your record which will follow you for the rest of your life, as will the 12 points, as will the insurance increases as well the stigma of having a conviction on your record for employment purposes. So a DUI conviction is a fairly serious thing and it follows you for life. So, no, you should not represent yourself in a DUI case. It’s important that you get the best possible outcome that you can get, and that will require a defense attorney—a capable and experienced one at that.