Guest blog by anonymous former client
Getting a DWI in Minnesota can be a very scary and overwhelming experience and it can often be very difficult to cope with the consequences that arise. You will most likely,
- Lose your driver’s license;
- Pay heavy fines;
- Take a DWI class;
- You may be required to go to substance abuse treatment, depending on the degree of the DWI charge;
- You might even lose a little bit of dignity, I know I did.
When I got a DWI in December of 2011, I felt like my life was over, like there was no way I could dig myself out of the hole I’d created. I needed help. The Minnesota legal system can be very complicated and confusing. I needed someone to walk me through the legal process and make sure my rights were protected.
I made the decision to retain MN criminal defense attorney Avery Appelman, and it was the best thing I could have done for myself. Just knowing that I had somebody on my side to help navigate the system was a huge weight off my shoulders.
I know that many people are hesitant about retaining a criminal defense attorney, often due to the costs. However, it can ultimately end up costing less money than pleading guilty. A MN criminal defense attorney can help negotiate the outcome of your sentence, help to reinstate your driver’s license, and be a great support system during the difficult experience.
If you are worried about coming up with the money to cover the cost of an attorney, I strongly suggest that you ask friends and family for help. I have found that more often than not, people are willing to help you during a difficult time in whatever ways possible.
When money mixes with relationships, tension can sometimes arise. One way to ease any anxiety is to set up a payment plan with a contract stating the terms of repayment. This may not solve all problems but believe me, it’s worth a shot. It may seem like a lot of money, but it’s worth it and in the end, it may be far less that the fines you would pay if you plead guilty to the DWI charge.
At the end of the day, it’s your life and you need to do what’s right for you. The experience of a DWI in Minnesota is different for everyone. For me, the most important thing was to move on with my life. Retaining a MN criminal defense attorney was a crucial step in that process. Avery Appelman was able to alleviate a lot of the stress and uncertainty of my case. My decision to retain a criminal defense attorney allowed me to pick up the pieces and move forward with my life.