If you have a driving under the influence charge, the most logical thing to do is hire an attorney to represent you. Before doing so, you must know the right questions to ask DUI attorneys. This way, you’ll know you are picking the right one.
In today’s post, we’ll look at some helpful questions to guide you in looking through your selection of DUI lawyers and choosing the one to defend your rights.
Time Is of the Essence
If you are arrested for driving under the influence, the first thing you absolutely need to do is call a DUI lawyer – even if your first official court date is not going to be for a while.
Time is of the essence when you need to defend your rights. Also, DUI attorneys will give you the proper guidance on what to do in the meantime as you wait for your official court hearing.
Whether it’s attending AA meetings or enrolling in substance abuse treatment, DUI attorneys will know the best course of action when you need to defend your rights, depending on your specific situation.
How to Choose Among DUI Attorneys
Thanks to the internet, finding DUI lawyers has never been easier. However, you must know how to pick one properly. This includes asking the right questions and knowing what you need to know about these legal professionals.
Different DUI attorneys will have their own distinct ways of handling DUI cases.
Here are some helpful suggestions to make your search easier. If you have any other specific questions about your DUI case, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
While there’s no specific formula, Here are some helpful questions you can ask DUI attorneys and help you pick the best one.
Do you offer free consultations?
Typically, DUI attorneys provide a free consultation to prospective clients. You don’t have to officially hire them before you get an initial consultation about your case. You should take advantage of this offer. Meet the opportunity and get an understanding of what it would be like if you did hire him or her to represent you.
To make the most out of your free, initial consultation, make sure you bring all the necessary paperwork, such as important notices, citations, DMV hearing information, license suspensions, and other related documents. You must also be prepared with a list of questions specific to your case.
Do you solely specialize in DUI/DWI cases in your firm?
First of all, the amount of cases or number of practicing years of DUI attorneys doesn’t equate to their success in the field. What matters more are the results they get for their clients, the quality of work they bring to the table, and the reputation they have in the community.
DUI laws are complex. This field of law requires the experience, intimate knowledge, and understanding of attorneys focusing on DUI cases. By asking this question, you can feel confident about how the attorney will handle your case.
How much experience do you have handling DWI/DUI cases?
Experience does matter. However, as we mentioned above, it’s not the sole indicating factor of the performance of DUI attorneys. Experience is still an invaluable factor when choosing a DUI lawyer.
Ask how extensive their trial experience is. Some DUI attorneys have handled numerous DUI cases but are never present in trial. Nevertheless, repeated contact to different kinds of cases arms a lawyer with knowledge on how to prepare for different outcomes.
This knowledge can be useful in giving you the many different options you have and what best course of action to take. Is it a good idea to go to trial? Should you accept a plea bargain? Will the judge dismiss the charge? A good DUI lawyer can shed light on these questions for you.
How familiar are you with the local DMV office and court?
DUI attorneys who frequently represent local clients will most likely have a familiar relationship with judges and prosecutors.
This would be helpful to know the tendencies of parties involved in your case.
For instance, the lawyer will most likely have an idea if the prosecuting office handling your case tends to offer a plea bargain. Also, DMV offices and court practices vary by location.
Lawyers who are familiar with the local environment will have the edge over those who are not. Find a local DUI lawyer near you.
What are your fees?
Whether it’s a flat fee or an hourly rate, make sure you know how much you are looking to pay and what services this payment covers.
You should also ask if any additional costs may occur during the process (expert witnesses, further investigations, other paperwork processing, etc.) This way, you can be prepared for the expenses.
Please Reach Out to Us
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you would like to know more about how we handle DUI cases in our firm. We offer a complimentary consultation.