Did you know that in 2015, more than 1.1 million drivers were charged with a DUI?
Getting behind the wheel of a car while under the influence is a dangerous decision.
Not only do you risk injuring someone else, you also risk your own life. If you’re caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you’ll face a criminal offense.
If you’ve been charged with driving under the influence, you’ll want a DUI attorney to build your case.
Keep reading for 6 must ask questions.
1. What’s Your Background?
Knowing your attorney’s background is key. You want to find an attorney who is a seasoned veteran, especially when it comes to DUI cases.
The more experience, the more likely it is for a better court outcome.
Ask your DUI attorney about:
- The amount of time they have worked as an attorney
- Number of DUI cases they have handled
- Experience in your state/county
- How many cases have been plea bargained
2. How Does Payment Work?
One of the most important questions you’ll want to ask is how you’re expected to pay for the attorney. Your first consultation is likely to be free. After the first consultation, there may be set fees.
Be sure to get information about standard rates, extra fees, and accepted forms of payment.
3. Do You Have Specialized Training?
Some DUI attorneys have specialized training in the field. If you’re serious about winning your case, you may want to find an attorney with advanced DUI knowledge.
You can ask the attorney if they are certified by the National College for DUI Defense.
Other specialized training includes completing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Student and/or Instructor Standardized Field Sobriety Test classes.
4. How Does the Process Work?
If you’ve never been convicted of a crime before, the legal process can be a mystery.
The right attorney will explain the legal process to you. From plea possibilities to filing motions, you’ll want an attorney to help you through each phase of the process.
5. What Are Potential Outcomes?
No one knows what the future holds. While legal outcomes can’t be promised, it helps to know what outcomes you face.
Based upon facts and circumstances of your case, a DUI attorney can provide possible outcomes. You’ll want to ask about:
- Going to trial
- The possibility of a plea agreement
- Factors that help your case vs. hurt it
6. Will You Handle My Case?
Some attorney offices have several representatives. You’ll want to know who specifically will be representing you in court.
After meeting with the attorney, ask if he/she is assigned to your case. Knowing who you’ll be working with makes the process much easier.
You’ll want to build a trusting relationship with this person.
A Reliable DUI Attorney
If you’ve been charged with a DUI, you need an attorney to defend you in court. The right attorney can build your case in hopes of getting your sentence and penalties lessened.
The James Fletcher Law Office has years of experience with DUI and DWI cases. From arrest to verdict, we’ll be at your side.
Contact our office today to schedule a confidential consultation. We look forward to working on your case.