Many people who are arrested on a DUI charge are often too
scared or too embarrassed to look into hiring an attorney. But, a DUI lawyer
can significantly sway the results of your hearing. When deciding to hire a
DUI lawyer, many different things need to be considered in order to choose
the best one for you.
First off, it is really important to find a lawyer who specializes in DUI law. In fact, it's crucial to find a lawyer who knows DUI laws well within the state in which you were convicted. Sometimes a lawyer who works in divorce, DUI, bankruptcy, etc is a good choice, but because DUI law is an ever-changing and broad area of law, someone who specializes strictly in DUI is quite often the best choice.
Meeting with two different lawyers before making a final decision can be a really beneficial move in the long run. Almost all lawyers wonít charge for the first 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. Youíll 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 lawyer 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 extremely helpful to search online or look at your local library for a copy of the Martindale Hubbel law directory which holds listings for lawyers nationwide and includes their individual specialties.
Itís good to compile a few questions to ask each lawyer prior to arriving at their office for your initial meeting. The answers to your questions will aide in making a final decision. A few good questions to ask are:
* Will there be someone else at the firm handling my case or are you specifically going to be my lawyer?
o This question is really important to remember because you may decide you feel completely comfortable and at ease with one particular lawyer and chose to hire him, then come to find out in the end he isnít even your primary lawyer at all.
* What precisely do you charge and can you give me some approximate estimates as to the what the most might be that I'll have to pay and how much Iíll pay upfront?
o It's important to remember that many DUI Lawyers simply charge a flat amount even if your case doesnít go to trial while others will charge hourly.
o Some may alter their fee structure so as to break down the process into phases. The best thing to do is ask for an exact process and fee structure.
* Are there any costs besides attorney fees such as court costs and filing fees that I will be held accountable for?
* What percentage of your cases involve DUI or impaired driver cases?
o Remember that you want someone who handles at the very least 50% DUI cases in the state in which you were convicted.
Last updated Sept. 14, 2007
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