Do I Need A DUI Lawyer?
You've been arrested on a DUI charge. Now what do you do? Although most people will advise that you employ a legal representative to represent your best interests lots of people do not do so, typically because of shame and humiliation. Whether or not you employ a legal representative can have a big effect on your case so you might want to think thoroughly before making a decision. If you do choose to hire a DUI attorney there are numerous things to consider so that you find the very best lawyer possible to represent you.
Depending on where you live you might not be able to find a great attorney that practices DUI law specifically, but look for a lawyer who spends at least half of his or her time dealing with DUI cases. It might be tempting to hire your local attorney who deals with a range of problems such as DUI's, divorce, wills, and insolvency, and so on but DUI law is extensive and constantly altering so you will likely be much better working with a professional in DUI.
Before you employ a DUI attorney, or any other type of attorney, consult with him or her very first. The majority of legal representatives will not charge you to meet with them while you're searching for somebody to manage your case. Having a face to face conference with your legal representative before hiring him or her is good for both the customer and the lawyer. You'll wish to work with someone you feel comfortable working with. A face to face conference assists you figure out whether you feel comfy. It also helps the attorney choose if she or he feels comfy working with you and wishes to handle your case.
Prior to going to any assessments with legal representatives (and you should consult with at least two lawyers before making a decision) do some research. The yellow pages is a good place to look for an attorney but remember that the DUI attorney with the most significant advertisement is not always the finest attorney for you to employ.
The directory does its finest to note every attorney in the United States along with his or her area( s) of specialty. You can search the directory by either area or location of law each attorney deals with. People you know can also be a good source of details relating to a great attorney.
Create a list of questions you wish to ask each legal representative throughout the consultation so you can compare each lawyer equally prior to choosing who you wish to employ to represent you.
A few questions you might wish to have on the list you make are:
1) What percent of the cases you deal with are DUI or impaired chauffeur? (Remember that you want somebody who is really knowledgeable about the present laws in your state.).
2) What do you charge and what is your charge structure? (You'll want to know the most you'll have to pay along with just how much you have to pay upfront. Many DUI lawyers charge a flat cost, which is a set quantity for your case whether or not it goes to trial. Some lawyers charge a hourly cost. Others have actually staggered charge structures that break things into phases. They might charge a flat cost up till trial. If the case goes to trial then there's another fee to pay. If the entire cost is needed upfront but you are economically not able to pay everything upfront ask if a payment arrangement can be exercised. It can't harm to ask. The worst answer you can get is "no.").
3) What costs besides lawyer fees will I be responsible for? (In addition to attorney charges you might be accountable for things like court expenses and filing fees).
4) Will you be the legal representative managing my case or will another person in the firm be the primary legal representative on my case? (This concern is especially crucial if you are seeking advice from at a firm with several legal representatives. Some individuals have been very disappointed when they discovered the lawyer they consulted with wasn't the legal representative who dealt with the majority of their case.).
These are simply a few of the concerns you'll likely want to ask prior to deciding which DUI lawyer is right for you.
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