There are certain situations in life that require expertise to address properly. Serious illness or injury requires the expert knowledge and skills of a doctor, of course. And homeowners who have tried to do extensive plumbing repairs are almost unanimous in urging others to hire a plumber the next time your pipes start leaking.

Another situation that demands expert help: an Arizona drunk driving arrest. Rather than representing yourself and risking both your freedom and driver’s license, rely on a criminal defense attorney who understands the court system and fine details of DUI law, and who also knows how to help you avoid potentially harsh punishments.

A recent column on the importance of a defense lawyer for those facing DUI charges stressed that even if you were not intoxicated at the time of your arrest, you’ll want to have an attorney in your corner. Why? It’s simple: you were arrested despite the paucity of evidence, and the court system leans heavily on statements made by police officers.

Add it up and it becomes clear that it’s in your best interests to have on your side someone who speaks the court’s legal language and knows how to frame arguments in ways that judges accept.

Of course, it’s important to have a lawyer if you made a mistake and were driving when you shouldn’t have been. An attorney who knows how to strike a favorable plea deal can often get charges and punishment reduced to reasonable levels so that you can continue to live your life as you are accustomed to living it.