This post will offer some recommendations for selecting a legal representative for your DUI case. Asking questions is the most crucial thing you can do while conversing with a DUI defense attorney. Do not let the attorneys’ attitude or your discomfort prevent you from doing so. There are two reasons why it’s crucial to ask questions. One, without having a complete grasp of your situation and the potential representation you have, you cannot make an informed choice about who will represent you. Second, a lawyer’s willingness to calmly address all of your inquiries might reveal a lot about them. If he (or she) won’t respond to your inquiries before you hire him, he (or she) probably won’t do so once he (or she) has your money, and you are in court. To make judgments without knowing why you are making them would put you at too great a risk of going to jail, having your license suspended, and possibly getting a criminal record.
Any attorney who offers promises in an effort to win your approval?should be avoided. For instance, if someone promises you that he will win the case if you employ him or that he can provide a specific plea bargain. Police officers, prosecutors, judges, etc. are just a few of the people who make up the criminal justice system. As a result, no consequence can be predicted in advance and can often be quite unpredictable. If you decide to take a certain course of action, such as entering into a plea agreement or going to trial, an experienced DUI defense attorney will explain to you what the most likely consequences will be.
If a lawyer only advises you on what to do for your case, you should be wary. He might advise you to enter a plea deal or enroll in a specific program, for instance. A DUI attorney should use his knowledge and education to provide you with the best guidance possible given the specifics of your case (those circumstances might not just include the facts of your case but other factors like which Judge you are assigned to). He should, however, also inform you of all of your options, not just the one he recommends. The lawyer will leave the office at the end of the day regardless of what happens. Since it is your freedom that is in jeopardy, you should have the final say after considering all of your options. To be clear, I’m not advocating that you disregard the advice of a knowledgeable DUI attorney; rather, I’m advocating that you consider all of your choices before making a decision.
A DUI attorney should be willing to be completely transparent about his fees up front. For instance, what is the cost if you enter a guilty plea? Do you need to file motions or start the trial? At the time you hire him, he should also be prepared to provide you with a formal price agreement. As the case moves through the system, this will keep you safe. If you believe your attorney is stealing from you, nothing will erode the attorney-client relationship more quickly.