How to Pick a Reputable DUI Attorney

If you were recently charged with driving under the influence, the best step you can take is work with a competent DUI lawyer to represent and defend you. But if you’ve never used an attorney before, finding one alone can be a feat. Picking one is even more difficult, but it can be easier if you keep a few things in mind.

Seeking Referrals

Your friends, family and coworkers may be able to give you some names of DUI lawyers they’re worked with before. It’s understandable if you are hesitant to talk about your charge with the people around you. A criminal charge is hardly something you would want to share with other people, but it may be surprising to know that others may have had had a similar experience. With a referral, you have first-hand information about a lawyer. With a positive referral given by a person you personally know and trust, you are more confident that checking out that specific lawyer won’t be a waste of time.
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Contact Local and State Bar Associations
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As you may know, another good provider of leads state bar associations, both local and state level. These organizations’ websites have a search feature where you can look for information regarding particular attorneys that you may have your sights on.

Online Research

Aside from bar associations’ websites, you should also visit the websites of the lawyers themselves in order to find more specific details on the practice. Pay attention to how much of their careers was dedicated to DUI cases. Lawyers are not all created equal, and though they completed the same courses and passed the same qualifying tests as legal professionals, different areas of expertise are required for different crimes which are covered by different laws.

Scheduling Appointments

After your research, you should now have a good list of prospective lawyers you can call and schedule appointments with. The good news is, this initial appointment is usual free.

Prepare for Consultations

Coming to your consultation prepared will help make sure that you use the limited time of the lawyer as wisely as possible. Be sure to bring copies of all documents that are pertinent to your case, as well as a list of questions that you would like to ask. After presenting everything to the lawyer, ask him what he plans to do with your case, and see how his answer sits with you. Remember that you will be working closely with this person, so aside from technical legal expertise, rapport is also important. If you are not happy with your lawyer, you may not cooperate as well as you need to, hence compromising the results of your case.