SHould an 18 year old with a DWI get a lawyer if they plan to plead guilt?
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Yes. You can plead guilty by yourself and let the prosecutor and judge decide what consequences you'll receive, or you can plead guilty based on a deal that your lawyer works out for you. With option #2 you'll know exactly what's going to happen to you before you ever say the word guilty. Also, your lawyer will take a close look at the facts and the evidence and then advise you about whether it's even a good idea to plead guilty. Even if you feel like you're probably guilty as charged, that doesn't mean that you should plead guilty right away.
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You should absolutely consult an attorney. I am not sure of the facts of the case, but depending on certain circumstances, a DUI/DWI plea can have additional sentencing requirements depending on how you plea. These can often times be avoided by having competent legal counsel. You would be doing yourself a disservice by not contacting an attorney.
No one should blindly plead guilty to a DWI without legal counsel. DWI is a serious offense which carries license and criminal consequences. Additionally, DWI's get more serious over time. An attorney needs to evaluate the case prior to entering any guilty plea.
You have things backwards. You decide to plead guilty on the advice of your lawyer, because you might be waiving certain rights and issues that you lay persons might not generally be aware. Hiring a lawyer is the prudent course of conduct and the judge and prosecutor will probably tell you so.
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