If you have need for a DUI attorney, chances are you are having a difficult time in your life right now. You have been arrested for an alcohol-related driving offense. Besides the driving charge against you, you may lose time from work or have problems at home because of the incident. Your stress level is probably the highest it has ever been. A good lawyer can help you with the legal issues associated with your case, so you have one less thing to worry about.
Make sure you are working with a DUI attorney who has experience with alcohol-related cases in your area. Just because they may have worked in another state doesn’t mean they know the particulars of the law in your area yet. You want someone who knows the system, the judges, the district attorney staff and other court staff in your specific location.
Work with a firm that specializes in your type of case. If you hire a general practice firm, you may not get the benefit of all there is to know about alcohol-related offenses and your rights. If you miss time from work, your lawyer may know what your employer can and cannot do in that case. If you caused damage to another person’s property, they will know what needs to be done with the insurance agencies to work through the claim.
Not only should the individual attorneys be experienced, but the office staff should be as well. When you call with an urgent question, you want to know that it will be directed and handled appropriately, even if your regular contact is not available.
If the firm has been specializing in this type of representation for at least several years, you should be able to find out about their level of service and success rate with clients. A quick search online may give you some good information. While attorney-client privilege would prevent you from actually talking to references, you can ask them about some cases they have handled that are similar to yours, and maybe reasons that clients are not as satisfied.
Besides the main issue of working through the arrest and court case, alcohol related issues could also affect your employment and possibly the privilege of driving. While dealing with any legal issue is stressful, adding these other factors can cause even more worry.
Don’t wait to contact an experienced DUI attorney. Quick action will hopefully mean a faster resolution! That means you can get back to concentrating on other things like your relationships and your work.