Do I Need A DUI Lawyer?
You've been jailed on a DUI charge. Now what do you do? Although many people will recommend that you work with an attorney to represent your best interests many individuals do not do so, typically because of pity and shame. Whether you work with an attorney can have a big influence on your case so you may wish to think thoroughly prior to making a decision. If you do decide to work with a DUI attorney there are numerous things to consider so that you discover the best legal representative possible to represent you.
Depending on where you live you may not be able to discover a great legal representative that practices DUI law specifically, but look for an attorney who invests at least half of his or her time dealing with DUI cases. It might be tempting to employ your local attorney who deals with a range of issues such as DUI's, divorce, wills, and insolvency, etc. however DUI law is extensive and constantly altering so you will likely be much better hiring an expert in DUI.
Before you employ a DUI legal representative, or any other type of lawyer, satisfy with him or her. The majority of lawyers will not charge you to consult with them while you're trying to find somebody to handle your case. Having a face to face meeting with your legal representative prior to hiring him or her is good for both the client and the lawyer. You'll wish to hire someone you feel comfy working with. A face to face meeting helps you identify whether you feel comfy. It also helps the attorney choose if she or he feels comfortable working with you and wishes to take on your case.
Before going to any consultations with lawyers (and you ought to consult with at least two lawyers before making a choice) do some research. The yellow pages is a good place to look for a lawyer but remember that the DUI attorney with the most significant advertisement is not always the best lawyer for you to employ.
The directory site does its finest to list every legal representative in the United States along with his or her area( s) of specialty. You can browse the directory by either location or location of law each legal representative deals with. Individuals you know can also be an excellent source of details concerning a good legal representative.
Develop a list of questions you want to ask each legal representative throughout the consultation so you can compare each attorney equally prior to choosing who you would like to work with to represent you.
A few questions you might want to have on the list you make are:
1) What percent of the cases you manage are DUI or impaired motorist? (Remember that you want someone who is really knowledgeable about the current laws in your state.).
2) What do you charge and what is your fee structure? (You'll want to know the most you'll need to pay in addition to how much you need to pay upfront. Numerous DUI lawyers charge a flat cost, which is a set Clearwater Law Group amount for your case whether or not it goes to trial. Some legal representatives charge a hourly fee. Others have actually staggered fee structures that break things into stages. They might charge a flat fee up till trial. If the case goes to trial then there's another charge to pay. If the whole charge is required in advance but you are financially not able to pay it all in advance ask if a payment plan can be worked out. It can't hurt to ask. The worst response you can get is "no.").
3) What expenses besides attorney costs will I be responsible for? (In addition to lawyer charges you may be accountable for things like court costs and filing costs).
4) Will you be the attorney managing my case or will another person in the company be the primary legal representative on my case? (This question is specifically important if you are speaking with at a firm with a number of legal representatives. Some people have actually been very disappointed when they found out the legal representative they spoke with wasn't the attorney who handled the majority of their case.).
These are simply a few of the questions you'll likely wish to ask before choosing which DUI lawyer you wish to work with.
For more information, contact:
Clearwater Law Group
5205 West Clearwater Avenue
Kennewick, WA 99336
Phone: (509) 734-8500