If you have been charged with a DUI, you may find yourself in the legal hot seat. DUIs are serious offenses, and due to the high number of traffic deaths every year due to drunk driving, many court systems are starting to be harder with their DUI cases.
Today, individuals found guilty of a DUI not only face hefty fines and court fees, but you also run the risk of losing your driving privileges as well as serving jail time.
If you have been charged with a DUI, it’s very important that you hire a good attorney as soon as possible. The following information will help you choose the right lawyer.
Look for attorneys in your area that have experience with DUIs.
Although your Uncle Joe may be a divorce attorney and he may give you the family discount, it’s not always the right choice. Instead, it’s usually best to put your case in the hands of someone who is experienced in dealing with DUI cases. For example, if you live in New Hampshire, you should research a number of criminal lawyers,in your state in order to get a feel for who can represent you. Make sure the individual you choose not only has experience in dealing with DUI cases, but also has a high success rate. After all, you don’t want to put your legal proceedings in the hands of someone who has never won a case.
Ask for referrals.
If you are having too hard of a time locating an attorney on your own, ask your friends and family members for referrals. Especially if a family member is going through any other legal proceeding. Chances are they, or someone they know, may know of a lawyer that deals with DUI and criminal cases that can help you. Be sure to get a list of references, and then do your own research to determine which lawyer would be the best option for your specific needs.
Go to a consultation.
Most lawyers know they have to earn your business, which is why they offer free consultations. Once you have a list of lawyers that interest you, be sure to schedule a consultation with each one. Talk to them about your case and see what they have to say. You should also determine what kind of rapport you have with the person based on your meeting, as well as how you feel about them when the meeting is over.
If you find that you didn’t mesh well with one of them, and then remove them from your list. You want to be sure that you can have an open and honest relationship with your lawyer, and if you have a bad consultation, then move on.
Remember, they’re not the judge.
No matter who you choose, it’s very important that you remember this person is only fighting on your behalf, and they are not the judge. It’s very possible that your lawyer will do everything he or she possibly can to win your case, but the judge enforces the law either way. This is not your lawyer’s fault, so don’t hold them accountable for your mistakes.