When charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol, knowing how to choose the right DUI attorney can make a large difference in your court case. An attorney will help you make decisions, answer any questions that you have about the court process and represent you in the courtroom and through any court procedures.
One of the easiest ways to find a DUI attorney is to ask your friends and family if they have experience or know of an attorney that focuses their practice on people charged with driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated. If no one you personally know has had contact with a DUI attorney, then there are plenty of online sites dedicated to specific attorney lists. If you cannot afford your own DUI attorney, you can have a public defender assigned to your case. Public defenders are not specifically DUI attorneys but they often work a variety of criminal defense cases making them a jack-of-all-trades. A public defender will have very little time to work on your case since they work with very large case loads. This results in the attorney not being able to represent you to the best of their ability.
When you start figuring out how to choose the right DUI attorney you want to start with determining what qualities you want your attorney to have. How much experience do you prefer your attorney to have, do you want a new inexperienced attorney or someone with a well-established partnership and credentials. You will want to find out what legal organizations your DUI attorney belongs to. Every attorney has to belong with the County and State Bar Associations. The DUI attorney you choose may also belong to the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section, State Association of Criminal Defense attorneys or the National Association of Criminal Defense attorneys.
Before choosing your DUI attorney ask plenty of questions. You can request references and information about the attorneys education levels. Do not be fooled by claims or advertisements, stick with facts that can be proven. A few questions to ask your potential attorney is what rates they bill at, and what amount of time they expect to be spending on your case.
After all this work of figuring out how to choose the right DUI attorney, you should be able to find one that you feel comfortable with and that you have confidence in. You should be able to trust your attorney to answer any of your questions and feel assured that they would defend you to the best of their ability.