Questions to Ask Your DUI Lawyer
Facing DUI charges is scary, and it is crucial to have a skilled attorney to handle your case. However, choosing a DUI defense attorney can be a daunting process. After all, your attorney will be responsible for fighting for your future, and you want to feel like he is doing everything possible to protect your rights.
Before hiring an attorney, you will get a chance to meet with the lawyer to discuss your case and ask a number of questions. The answers an attorney provides will give you valuable insight as to whether he is a good fit for your case. The following are four important questions to ask during your initial consultation.
1. How Long Have You Practiced DUI Law?
Experience is valuable when it comes to successfully handling a DUI case. When an attorney has handled a range of DUI cases, he knows what to expect and can better craft a strong defense for you. An experienced lawyer will also have an understanding of the prosecutor and the judge, which is very helpful when determining what strategy to take in your case.
2. Do You Take Other Types of Cases?
Some attorneys focus only on DUI and other criminal defense cases, while others may take a wide range of cases ─ DUI, personal injury, and perhaps even family law. When looking for the right attorney, it’s important to find one who focuses on criminal law. A skilled criminal defense attorney will be up to date on the most recent laws and well-versed in all the potential trial defenses and plea bargaining options.
3. How Often Do You Take Cases to Trial?
Most DUI cases tend to be resolved before going to trial. They may be resolved through a plea bargain, in exchange for the accused facing reduced penalties, or the defense attorney may be able to get the case dismissed altogether. The exact number of cases an attorney settles through a plea bargain or takes to trial doesn’t really matter. It does matter, however, that your attorney has experience successfully arguing cases at trial.
A plea bargain is not the best option for everyone. While the choice is always the client’s on whether they want to go to trial or not, your attorney should advise on what will happen in each scenario. The lawyer should always be prepared to do whatever it takes to fight for the best result.
4. How Much Is the Retainer or Minimum First Payment?
The amount an attorney will charge for a DUI case will vary. The cost depends on a number of factors, such as if the case is going to trial, what county the case is heard in, and if experts are required to support the defense. However, the first meeting should always be free for the client. A free consultation allows the client and attorney to get to know each other, and allows the attorney to review the case under no obligation for either party.
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