What To Look for When Hiring A DUI Lawyer
Many people arrested on a DUI charge are too nervous or shamed to hire a lawyer. But it's so crucial to realize how much a DUI lawyer can significantly sway the results of your case. So, if and when you should decide to hire a DUI lawyer, many different things need to be considered in choosing the right one.
First off, it is really significant to find a lawyer who specializes in DUI law, more specifically, DUI law in the state in which you were convicted. Sometimes a lawyer who handles divorce, DUI and bankruptcy cases, on top of many other cases can a good choice, but because DUI law is always changing and an extremely extensive area of law, someone who strictly specializes in DUI is almost always the best way to go.
Meeting with two different lawyers before making a final decision can be a really beneficial move in the long run. Almost all lawyers won’t charge for the initial meeting of the exchanging of information. Whichever lawyer you decide to go with absolutely must have plenty of experience as well as an expertise in the field of DUI law. You’ll want someone who makes you feel comfortable, and the initial face to face meeting will ensure that feeling. Also it is important to remember that the best lawyer available to you isn't always the one with the largest ad in the yellow pages. It only means that that attorney has paid the most to have the largest ad possible. Oftentimes it is best not to turn to the yellow pages at all. It's suggested to research online or check your local library for a copy of the Martindale Hubbel law directory which holds listings for every lawyer in the U.S. and includes their individual specialties.
Prior to arriving at your lawyer’s office for your initial meeting, it’s good to compile a list of some questions to ask each lawyer. Each lawyer's answers to these questions will greatly aide in making your final decision. Some good questions to ask are:
* Since you have been taking all my information and listening to my questions, will you be the lawyer with me in the courtroom or will there be someone else at the firm handling my case?
o This is a really noteworthy question to remember because you may feel completely at ease with one lawyer and then find out he isn’t even your primary lawyer.
* What is the price I have to pay upfront as well as the exact charge whether it be hourly or one complete price? Can you estimate the most I would have to pay?
o It's important to remember that many DUI Lawyers simply charge a flat fee even if your case doesn’t go to trial while others will charge hourly.
o The best thing to do is ask for an exact process and fee structure because some lawyers stagger their fee structure so as to break down the process into phases.
* Are there any costs besides attorney fees such as court costs and filing fees that I will need to pay for?
* What percentage of your cases are comprised of DUI or impaired driver cases?
o Remember that you want an attorney who handles at the very least 50% DUI cases in the state in which you were convicted.