Each year, thousands of people are arrested on DUI charges in the United States. If convicted, a DUI arrest can lead to heavy fines, incarceration, probation, and community service. For that reason, it's important to prepare as best you can for your court dates. Hiring a DUI lawyer should be your first step in preparing for your case. However, not every attorney is going to be able to help you in the same way. Here are 3 tips to help you find the right representation.
- Make a list of potential attorneys. It's important to do your homework before hiring anyone. Speak with friends and family members that you trust. If they have used a DUI attorney in the past find out what the outcome was and then get the contact information to add to your list. Check each attorney's website and reviews of previous cases and education are all great strategies to get a feel for who each attorney is.
- Contact each of your prospects, and set up initial appointments. You need to ensure that your future lawyer is qualified to handle your case. During your first meeting, ask a lot of questions to make sure that you feel confident in their legal abilities, but also listen to what the attorney says. You can learn more about the attorney by finding out how he or she will approach the matter and what the likely outcomes of your case will be.
- Make sure you know the attorney's fees, and remember experience is more significant then price. The fee is not the only consideration to selecting the right attorney for the case. Fees are generally reflective of the attorney's experience. Each lawyer is going to have a different financial policy. Some might require a retainer. Know exactly how much they are going to charge you for their services and when that money is due.