How do you know if you have the right DUI lawyer?
There are millions of lawyers practicing all kinds of law. So how do you know which one of the millions is the right one for you for your DUI? The best way to find the right lawyer is the same way that you go to buy a new car or hire a new employee. You need to do research first. Then you need to ask questions, and not just any questions but the correct ones. With so many choices out there the answers to the right questions should make your decision easier.
The question you are probably asking me right now is what are the right questions? The first thing before even asking any questions is to not to pick just any attorney. Be choosy. Have consultations with more than one lawyer. This way you can decide after meeting with them and feeling them out and listening to them which one or which firm is the best for your defense. Being found guilty of a DUI can and will haunt you for the rest of your life so you need to find a lawyer that has experience in DUI law and has defended many other clients successfully.
The very first question to ask any potential lawyer is what is their experience in DUI law? If they do not have any experience or if they only do occasional DUI cases then you may want to look elsewhere. Maybe they were recommended by a friend or family member. Maybe they are friends or a family member. If they can not tell you that they are a dedicated and experienced DUI lawyer then you must remember that this is your life on the line. The ramifications of choosing a lawyer without the necessary knowledge and experience is something you will have to live with for the rest of your life.
Along with asking about experience there are other questions that can be asked based on their answer. How many cases have they tried? Maybe your definition of experienced is not the same as theirs or mine for that matter. You need someone with many hours in a courtroom in front of a judge. And not just any lawyer. The laws and techniques are constantly changing in DUI law. Therefore you need someone who not only has the experience in court but also keeps up with the new laws and trends so that when you go to court you get the best defense possible.
How many cases have they pleaded the defendant guilty? A lawyer with the reputation of looking for the easy way out is probably not the one you want representing your life. You want someone on your side that is ready and willing to go all the way for you and is a proven winner. This type of lawyer also may benefit you in that prosecutors know the reputations of defense lawyers and therefore know what kind of fight they might be up to in court, if the case even goes that far.
There are many other questions that should be asked. How familiar are they with the breathalyzers and how they work? Are they familiar with the short comings of these machines and if so HAVE THEM EXPLAIN THESE TO YOU? Knowing this may be the difference between a guilty or not guilty verdict. Also do they know the proper administration of Field Sobriety Testing by the police officers who stopped you? Again just as with the knowledge of the breathalyzers this knowledge can be invaluable towards your defense. These are two factors that lawyers that are experienced in the DUI field should be knowledgeable about. Knowledge of this will make for a much more ready and reliable defense.
One final factor that you do need to think about, however it is not always the factor that should or will win your case, is PRICE!!! Do not be afraid to ask about cost when interviewing your prospective lawyers. It may be cliché but you do get what you pay for and this is true in most cases with lawyers as well, and cheaper is not always better. This is not to say that this is true every time, but many times the cheaper lawyers are bogged down by more clients because of their lower price so that you will not get the attention that you might get with a more expensive lawyer. When you have found the lawyer that you want to represent you be sure to get, in writing, a statement of all of the costs for your defense, including reaching a plea agreement out of court or going to trial. Listen to the lawyer, but remember, the final decisions on how to proceed are yours.
Asking these questions, the right questions, can and will make your decision easier in choosing a lawyer to defend you and your DUI. If any potential lawyer can not answer these questions then he or she may not be the best choice for you. Ultimately it is your decision who to pick. Hopefully by asking the right questions you will make the right decision for the lawyer to handle your defense.