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What Should I Look For When Hiring a DUI Lawyer?

Hiring a DUI Lawyer

A DUI conviction can mean more than just hefty fines and possible jail time. The long-term consequences can affect you for years after putting the conviction behind you. Having an experienced, competent DUI lawyer on your side can be the difference between a conviction and being acquitted.

If you’re found guilty of a DUI charge, you could face hefty fines, a license suspension, or even jail time, even if it is your first DUI. Getting your case dismissed is the only hope of avoiding this and more long-term consequences of a conviction. With all that’s at stake, you will need to enlist the help of a DUI lawyer.

Although finding a good DUI lawyer will take work, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Knowing what qualities to look for will help you hire someone who can improve your chances of an acquittal or even a lighter sentence should you get convicted. This article will discuss some factors you should consider when hiring a DUI lawyer.

Experience

Hiring an experienced DUI lawyer will benefit you in the long run. Hiring someone who just completed law school or who has only handled a couple of cases is something you can’t afford right now. Every DUI case is different, so the more experience an attorney has, the more likely they are to know the kind of assistance you need. You also need to take into consideration how many cases they have won.

Knowledge

Laws in each state are different regarding DUI charges. Therefore, when you are looking for a DUI attorney to defend you, make sure they have good knowledge of the laws in your state so that they know how to defend your case.

Communication Skills

Hiring a lawyer with good communication skills will be easier for both of you. Not only do good communication skills come in handy from a client-attorney standpoint, but it can also give you an idea of how they would communicate with the prosecutor and judge when your case goes to trial.

Confidence

Having a DUI attorney who is confident in their abilities will help increase your chances of getting a favorable outcome. When your case goes to court, it can be nerve-wracking. Your attorney needs to be comfortable in that situation and work well under pressure. And while confidence is a good thing, too much confidence comes off as arrogance which could negatively impact the outcome of your case.

Ethics

A DUI attorney could be the best around, but if they have been sanctioned by the bar or have a history of malpractice, your case could be negatively affected. Judges do not look kindly on lawyers with negative ethical records. To avoid any issues, you can search your State Bar’s website to find out if an attorney is in good standing.

Compassion

DUI charges can take a toll on your physical and emotional well-being. Having a compassionate DUI lawyer who understands your situation, what you are going through, and how you are feeling can help you feel more at ease throughout the process.

Legal Fees

You also need to consider the legal fees you will be responsible for. Being found guilty of DUI can have long-lasting effects on your life, and good legal services that can help you avoid a conviction can be pricey. Therefore, you need to decide how much you can pay, find out approximately how much the legal fees will amount to, and what services are included in the fees. It’s best to resolve any issues regarding legal fees quickly so that the case can proceed effortlessly.

Location

While there may be DUI lawyers in surrounding cities and states who may be more skilled than those found, you should use a local attorney. A local attorney will be more familiar with the court that will hear your case. They will also likely know the district attorneys and judges, which could play an important role in your case.  

Get the Representation You Deserve, Choose Widder Law

After you’ve met with the potential lawyers and have the necessary information, the next step is to go with your gut. The lawyer that is right for you will not only meet the criteria listed above, but you will feel comfortable with them, making it easier for you to open up to them.

At Jeremy Widder Law, we understand how overwhelming dealing with legal issues can be. Therefore, we will be by your side from start to finish and will give your unique case the attention it deserves. We will listen to your story and help you decide on an outcome that will be in your best interest. Whether that outcome is a favorable plea bargain or a trial win, we will work towards it while protecting your rights and your future.
Contact us today for a free consultation.

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