You wouldn’t do brain surgery on yourself. Most people don’t even change the oil in their car themselves. Few people do their own taxes, even when it’s a simple return. So why would you think that confronting the court system by yourself is a good idea? The California criminal justice system is complex and the Department of Motor Vehicles is a huge bureaucracy. From the very beginning of your ordeal, an experienced DUI attorney can help you navigate through these two large and uncaring systems to ensure that you are being treated fairly by law enforcement and that all laws are followed. The goal is to help you come out the other side with the least amount of damage possible. While hiring an attorney for a criminal charge is not mandatory, you could be risking your future trying to work through this alone. Understanding the intricate procedures involved during court proceedings can be challenging and lead to worse outcomes.