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HOW TO SELECT A DUI LAWYER

If you are reading this note, you or a loved one may be facing a drunk driving matter. The following text explains issues pertaining to selecting a DUI lawyer.

If you have been arrested for drunk driving or you have been issued a citation for DUI, it is advisable to seek an attorney. Please note that you may be able to make a bargain with the district attorney, take a plea and never need an attorney. Although this is certainly a quick solution, taking a plea bargain will mean serving more jail time than if you had retained an attorney.

Affording an Attorney:
If you are a person who has a modest income, you may be reluctant to speak to an attorney because you may believe you can’t afford the attorney fees. This is a valid concern, but you cannot know whether or not you can afford a DUI lawyer until you have called an attorney or visited with one. It is better to call a DUI lawyer, consult with one, explain your financial circumstances and then make an informed decision.

Finding an Attorney:
Before you select a DUI lawyer, please make sure your attorney has experience in the field of drunk driving defense. You will obviously have many questions for the DUI lawyer. You should make sure the DUI lawyer offers free consultations, so you can ask your questions. Having said this, please understand that many of the best DUI lawyers don’t offer free consultations. They are simply too busy to sit down and chat with you for free.

The Attorney Consultation:
Plan to go to the first interview with an open mind. You do not have to decide to employ the DUI lawyer with whom you are interviewing until you have had time to think about the interview. In fact, feel free to visit more than one attorney to facilitate finding the best one for your case.

Here is a list of questions you may ask:
• Are you experienced in drunk driving defense?
• Will you or one of your associates be handling my case?
• Will you regularly contact me about my case status?
• Will I be provided with copies of all motions filed with the court?
• Will I be able to make the final decision on my case?
• What is your estimate of fees before my case is resolved?

At the consultation, you should inquire about any subject you think important to you. But, the most important topic is how much you will be charged for your defense.

A Breakdown on Attorney Fees:
Some attorneys charge you a fee to review the police report, get a copy of your file from the district attorney and appear for your first hearing. If the charges are dropped at that stage, you are done and there are no further hearings. If there are additional hearings, you will be charged for each. Some attorneys will charge you a fee and handle your case all the way to trial, but not the trial itself. They are hoping they will have the case dismissed before you go to trial. Some DUI lawyers will charge you a fee that includes going to trial as well. Finally, some DUI lawyers simply charge by the hour.

In addition to these charges, you may be charged fees for each day of trial, which could range from $500 to several thousand dollars per day.

Some DUI lawyers also require an advance fee called a retainer. Ask the attorney what this covers. Occasionally, the retainer is a flat fee that will cover the DUI lawyer's services regardless of the amount of time spent working for you. However, the DUI lawyer may be required to return some of or the entire retainer if it would be unreasonable under the circumstances for the attorney to keep it.

Most jurisdictions require that an attorney give you a written fee agreement before they render any services. Often this requirement is triggered if the fee charged for the matter exceeds a certain limit. If your DUI matter is complicated, you can expect your attorney to provide you with such a fee agreement and ask you to sign it. A fee agreement describes the various aspects of your relationship with him.

You will also pay for experts who would testify on scientific issues that benefit your case. Other costs of a trial may include fees for creating the exhibits, the investigators and other fees.

Good DUI Attorneys Make All the Difference:
You should remember that a DUI lawyer could be of help in finding technicalities that would quickly have the charges against you dismissed. DUI lawyers are experts in finding holes in government cases and using them to get the case dismissed or at least make the government realize their case is weak and offer you an attractive deal. Even the best DUI lawyer however, can’t win a case if one was drunk, had BAC several times the legal limit and the government case is flawless. Still, even in those rare circumstances, an attorney may be of help.

Your attorney will likely expect you to enter into some kind of program such as AA to help you with your alcohol problem, if there is any. Good DUI lawyers like to do that to show the court you have changed your ways and ask the court for leniency. A good DUI lawyer will be prompt for court, any appointments and in all their dealings with you.

Good DUI lawyers also allow you to contact them in the off hours. They want you to be honest with them, as you should be in life. Please realize you should be honest with your DUI lawyer as it is vital to your case. Remember, whatever you tell your DUI lawyer is strictly confidential and legally protected under attorney/client privilege. You can count on that. It is the law everywhere.

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