5 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a DUI Attorney
On behalf of Eisenmenger, Robinson & Peters, P.A. posted in Drunk Driving Accidents on Wednesday, October 26, 2022.
Working with a qualified DUI attorney is more important than you might think. Facing a DUI conviction can be overwhelming and unnerving, which is why you should choose someone that is a proven defender of your freedoms.
From foreign battlefields to state and federal courts, our decorated Army Ranger-turned-DUI lawyer has been awarded a Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars, the Army Commendation Medal for Valor, and the Martindale-Hubbel Award for the highest level of professional excellence.
Not all DUI attorneys are created equal. Make sure you go with someone who knows how to put up a fight, instead of running when the going gets tough.
Today, we’re sharing five important questions to ask before hiring a lawyer to represent your DUI case.
1. How Long Have You Been Practicing?
A DUI lawyer should have years of hands-on experience working on cases just like yours. However, it isn’t just the number of years that matter. It’s how long they’ve been in this specific field of law.
A criminal defense attorney is best-suited to represent your case. They’ll look at all the details of your case, but most importantly, they’ll be able to share exactly what you need to do. We take great pride in making sure you understand all the details because in the end, it’s the details that make the difference.
2. Can You Tell Me About Your Credentials?
As a baseline, the lawyer you choose should be board-certified through your state’s bar association. This license should be valid, accurate, and up-to-date.
In addition, also check to see if they have any other credentials that speak to their expertise and experience. There are several organizations devoted to establishing and upholding excellence in the legal industry, such as the American Inns of Court.
Look for seals or certifications on the lawyer’s website. They might be listed at the bottom or on a separate page. While these credentials aren’t usually required, they speak volumes about a firm’s commitment and industry reputation.
3. What Is Your Track Record?
Ask each prospective lawyer to explain their track record in the industry. In other words, how many cases have they won versus lost during their career? While it doesn’t have to be perfect, you do want the assurance that you have a successful, reputable team on your side.
4. Do You Have Experience in the Courtroom?
Drinking and driving cases can go to court, where your lawyer will have to present the details in front of a judge and jury. Even experienced lawyers can get nervous about taking your case to this top level.
As a result, they might be more willing to accept a plea deal or convince you to take a settlement that’s far less than what you deserve. Make sure anyone you hire is comfortable in the courtroom and is ready to fight aggressively for your rights if the case goes that far.
5. What Is Your Fee Structure?
Most lawyers work with a variety of fee structures. Some will bill by retainer (which is essentially a forecasted hourly commitment per month). Others will provide services with flat fees. Some lawyers work on a contingency basis. Meaning they get paid when you get paid.
A note about legal fees: you get what you pay for.
Your freedoms, privileges, and future are on the line with a DUI case. There’s a lot at stake. To make matters easy on you, ask if there are payment plans or financial services like the ones we offer here.
Your DUI Attorney in Rockledge, FL, Is Here To Help
There are serious charges associated with driving under the influence. Ideally, your lawyer should give you confidence and peace of mind as you proceed. We’re not afraid to stand up for your rights. We always have, and always will.
Make sure to go with a proven DUI attorney you can trust. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation estimate to learn more about how we can help with your particular case.