When you are arrested for a DUI, you will need to hire a lawyer to represent you in court. But with so many lawyers out there, how can you possibly determine who will be best to represent you and your case? The best way you can tell is through their experience. If you are wondering how you can get this information, you can simply ask your potential lawyer, or you could read on as this article attempts to find out what the traits of an experienced a DUI Lawyer are.
1. Their educational background. DUI lawyers would have the necessary training and would have studied the complex nature of the law and DUI laws in particular. They would be well versed in this kind of law, often winning cases instead of losing. They would also have experience in dealing with other members of the court such as the jury, the prosecutor, and the judges. If you want to win your case and get your charges dropped, then you should get a professional lawyer and not someone appointed by the court. A good lawyer needs to have three things behind them, a degree, a history of winning cases, and years of experience. With all these attributes, your choice of lawyer will definitely be able to help you with your case.
2. Their cost. An experienced lawyer would definitely cost more than a court appointed lawyer. If you are happy paying a cheap price, then you should not expect to get your charges dropped, just be willing to do some jail time or pay some fines. A good DUI lawyer will cost any where from $5000 to $10,000. Even though this is a steep price, how much jail time are you willing to do? If you can get your charges dropped or overturned and you get to keep your driving license, wouldn’t this be a reasonable price to pay? Lawyers do not come cheap, especially those who are good in what they do. If a lawyer offers you a cheap price and promises a win, you should be careful.
3. Their past cases. Find out if the lawyer has handled cases like yours. Sometimes, proof in DUI cases are so incriminating, that a best thing the lawyer can do is to plead to a lower charge. It does not mean that if your lawyer has not won many cases, he is no good, check and see how many cases did he get the charges and sentencing reduced? Find out how the charges were reduced and this would also tell you how the lawyer thinks and how well they know their stuff.
Your lawyer should have a lot of experience in court and defending clients. Even though this does not mean that you will win a case, it says that your lawyer has some level of experience when dealing with the people in the courthouse. You will need some one on your side who can command a presence in court, not just some one who has just graduated from law school.