Originally Posted by 1_dez
Personal experience for your consideration. When I lawyered up for my very very very low range DUI (<0.03), the story which was put forward to the judge portrayed me as a gem.... I was given a 4 month suspension instead of a normal 2-3. The judge in my case, I believe, thought I may have been trying to weasel my way out of the suspension. Fail. Clearly backfired for me.
For low level first time driving offences (eg. DUI under high limit in QLD) there's no point getting a lawyer if you intend to plead guilty. Either way it won't lower the penalties. I used to appear for clients doing stuff like this, easy $2k (for the firm anyway) for a 10 minute appearance.