So, unfortunately circumstances led to you being charged with a DUI.
Do NOT proceed without an attorney!
Your top priority should be finding an excellent attorney who will fight for you. But how to choose, with so many lawyers out there? This can be a make or break choice for your case! These 5 tips will help you navigate the myriad of choices and help you choose the best DUI attorney.
#1: Find an attorney who is familiar with the area. A lawyer who has worked in the court system where you were arrested will most likely be your best choice. They will understand the lay of the land and possess at least an acquaintance with the judge and district attorney on your case.
#2: Choose experienced representation. The best choice will be someone who has several years' experience in practicing law, and be well-versed in DUI defensive tactics. Find out how long the attorney has been practicing, and in particular how much experience he has in defending DUI's.
#3: Select a lawyer who offers references. A top notch attorney should have acquired several clients willing to give you a testimonial of how he works in the form of real-life examples. Be very leery if he will not show you any references.
#4: Avoid attorneys who have been disciplined. Find out if the prospective lawyers have been disciplined by the bar, and if so, move on to another choice. The last thing you need to handle is a disreputable attorney.
#5: Determine the attorney's fee to defend you. While it is not advisable to choose a lawyer based on price alone, you will need to make certain you can handle the fee. Ask about it up front, along with the payment plans that are available.
Selecting the right DUI attorney will not be the most fun task you have ever experienced, but it will be one of the most important. By doing a little legwork up front, you can be confident of you choice, and of the fact that you will receive the best possible defense.
Contact our office if you would like to speak with an experienced attorney.