Getting a DUI is a stressful experience, and many people who receive them are unfamiliar with what they should do next. While the obvious answer is to seek out a professional DUI attorney, the choice isn’t always as easy. There are actually a handful of questions that we recommend you ask any DUI attorney before you make the ultimate decision of who you want to represent your case. After you’ve fully analyzed the answers that you get back, only then do we advise you to make a decision.
What Sort of Experience do you Have?
Whether you choose to believe it or not, there are many attorneys out there that aren’t well versed in DUI law. As a result, when they are asked to represent a case, they may not know enough details to be able to aptly represent your case. What’s the solution? It’s as easy as asking what their history is. As a criminal defense and DUI law attorney, I can assure you that there are many out there that wouldn’t be forthcoming with you. An attorney with experience in both of those fields is integral to maintaining a quality relationship with a client, as well as giving them the best opportunity to succeed in their case.
What’s the Track Record?
Similar to the previous question, your intent here is to probe the attorney’s history. A quality DUI lawyer will not be shy or apprehensive in sharing this information with you. While there is a difference between acquittals and plea bargains, an attorney that tells you what their success rate is carries a lot of credibility. What’s more important here isn’t the ratio of wins to losses, but rather how honest they are with you. If you interview two different lawyers and one wins slightly more than the other, but they elaborate, there’s a chance that you could be in for a rough ride.
What About My Case?
Here we are. The main course that accompanies any DUI consultation. You should be willing in your interview with an attorney to divulge any and all information that would help to understand your case. What you’re looking for here is an honest opinion from the legal perspective, and the best way to get that is to have all of the facts. Lawyers are bound by confidentiality to not share or release any of your information, so should you choose to in fact go another direction, there is no harm in telling everything that you know. In my experience, this is a great chunk of conversation with potential clients, and I am honest and up front about exactly what we can expect based on the limited information that I am given.
Do I Have Options?
Whether it’s trial, pleading guilty, or a diversion program, you do have options. It’s not cut and dry in your case, and a quality DUI lawyer will be able to lay out all the possibilities for you. A lesser sentence or alternatives to jail time might be in your future, and I can help you to figure out just what that might be. Do not fear that your future is one way or another, because many different paths are laid out in front of you.
Taking the time to ask these questions to an attorney can really help you make the best decision for you. I know that the time after a DUI isn’t fun, but that doesn’t mean it has to be confusing. Come and ask me any of these questions, and I assure you that we will find the best solution for your needs.