How can I get the best possible legal representation?
When you have been accused of driving under the influence, your personal freedoms are at stake. One of the most important decisions you will need to make immediately following a DUI arrest is choosing an attorney that will explore all possible legal options available and aggressively fight for your defense. When choosing an attorney, there are a few questions you can ask to ensure you are getting the DUI defense you deserve.
Three questions to ask your DUI defense attorney:
- What is your experience with DUI defense and do you take other criminal cases?
- Who will be handing my DUI case from start to finish?
- What fees can I expect throughout the process?
When your entire livelihood is at stake, you need top-notch representation. One of the best things you can do for yourself is make sure that the attorney you choose has enough experience dealing with the Department of Motor Vehicles as they do with any judges and prosecutors involved in the case. An attorney that handles other cases outside of DUI defense will not have the necessary resources and experience needed in order to truly understand how to defend against DUI charges.
Additionally, it is important to make sure that the person you speak with on the phone is the one that will be seeing your case to trial. Some firms will allow their consultations to be made with a lead attorney, but once a retainer has been paid, use a new and unexperienced associate or legal intern to handle many aspects of the case. You need to know that when you open your trust and wallet to a firm, you are getting the legal counsel you are entitled to.
Finally, making sure that you are aware of all associated costs is imperative. Ask for a detailed breakdown of perceived costs and discover if there are any ways these costs can be kept to a minimum without jeopardizing services. Some lawyers will refuse to provide services unless additional funds are provided, leaving your case unfinished or even worse, improperly represented as a result.
An aggressive DUI defense attorney at The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson can answer these and any other questions you may have when you schedule a free case evaluation!