Getting the right DUI Attorney is perhaps the most important part of your case. Your entire future depends on the attorney so you should take all the measures possible to make sure that you have engaged the services of the best attorney. By now I’m sure that you are aware of the consequences if you are convicted of a DUI, so let’s move on and look for tips to find the best DUI defense attorney.
1. Be absolutely sure that the Lawyer handles DUI cases: a lawyer that handles DUI cases “sometimes” might not have the same level of experience as someone who specializes in DUI cases. Before hiring a lawyer, you need to ask the following questions:
a. What percentage of your cases are DUI cases?
b. Do you attend seminars or meetings on DUI laws?
c. Are you up to date with the current DUI laws?
d. How long have you been practicing DUI laws?
2. Be sure that the Attorney practices in your area:if you are arrested in your area, make sure that lawyer practices in your area too. Knowing this will definitely help you as the lawyer would be a familiar face in the local courtroom; he would know the judge, the prosecutor, and the law enforcement officers. This can increase your chances at a positive outcome especially if the people mentioned above know him too.
3. Make sure the lawyer is up to date on DUI Laws:in criminal law, DUI law happens to be the most dynamic and complex area of litigation. The legislature changes the laws nearly every year. Your lawyer needs to be really up to date on these laws to better represent you in court. Ask them again if they attend any seminars or if they can show you proof that they are up to date with the new laws. Do not be shy about asking these questions, your future depends on your lawyer’s skill and experience.
4. Experience:you need to know if your prospective lawyer has the necessary trial experience. How many times has he gone to court on these cases? How many times has he won? Remember that as no cases are exactly the same, there is no guarantee that you will go to court and win, it could be the opposite. If your lawyer has never gone to court, I doubt that the prosecutor will give you their best deal.
5. How much do they charge:find out how much do they charge and how do they charge? Do they charge by the hour of a flat fee? Do they have an easy repayment plan? For the same reason that you don’t choose a cheap doctor, don’t choose a cheap lawyer too. If you decide to go cheap and lose your driving privileges or end up in jail for even a month, you would have lost even more than you spent.
6. Are you comfortable:when you are talking to your prospective lawyer, how did you feel? Were you comfortable or did you have difficulties understanding? Did you like the lawyer or not? You need some one you can work with and trust so you need to be aware of what you are feeling.
While the tips above are meant to help you find a good lawyer, you should also judge for yourself what the best is for your situation. Just because I said don’t choose a cheap lawyer, doesn’t meant that you should choose the most expensive lawyer. There is no point in being broke after the trial, make sure you hire someone you can afford, you are comfortable with and you trust will fight for your rights in court.