Do I Need A DUI Lawyer?
Whether or not you work with a lawyer can have a huge effect on your case so you might want to think thoroughly before making a decision. If you do decide to employ a DUI attorney there are several things to consider so that you discover the best attorney possible to represent you.
Depending on where you live you might not be able to discover a good attorney that practices DUI law specifically, however look for a lawyer who spends at least half of his or her time handling DUI cases. It may be appealing to employ your regional attorney who deals with a variety of problems such as DUI's, divorce, wills, and personal bankruptcy, etc. but DUI law is substantial and continually changing so you will likely be much better working with a professional in DUI.
Before you employ a DUI attorney, or any other type of attorney, fulfill with him or her. Having a face to deal with conference with your lawyer before hiring him or her is great for both the customer and the attorney. It also helps the legal representative choose if he or she feels comfy working with you and desires to take on your case.
Before going to any consultations with lawyers (and you ought to consult with at least two attorneys prior to making a choice) do some research study. The yellow pages is an excellent location to look for a legal representative however keep in mind that the DUI legal representative with the greatest advertisement is not always the finest lawyer for you to hire.
The library is another great place to do research. Your public library must have a copy of the Martindale Hubbell law directory site. The directory does its best to list every lawyer in the United States together with his or her area( s) of specialty. You can browse the directory site by either area or location of law each attorney deals with. The directory is also readily available online. Individuals you understand can likewise be a great source of info regarding a good lawyer.
Create a list of questions you wish to ask each legal representative throughout the consultation so you can compare each legal representative similarly before deciding who you would like to work with to represent you.
A couple of questions you may want to have on the list you make are:
1) What percent of the cases you manage are DUI or impaired motorist? (Remember that you desire someone who is very familiar with the existing laws in your state.).
2) What do you charge and what is your cost structure? (You'll would like to know the most you'll need to pay as well as how much you need to pay upfront. Lots of DUI attorneys charge a flat charge, which is a set amount for your case whether it goes to trial. Some legal representatives charge a per hour fee. Others have staggered cost structures that break things into stages. They may charge a flat fee up till trial. If the case goes to trial then there's another cost to pay. If the whole fee is required in advance however you are financially unable to pay Clearwater Law Group all of it in advance ask if a payment arrangement can be worked out. It can't injure to ask. The worst response you can get is "no.").
3) What expenses besides attorney fees will I be accountable for? (In addition to attorney charges you may be accountable for things like court expenses and filing fees).
4) Will you be the lawyer managing my case or will another person in the firm be the primary legal representative on my case? (This question is especially crucial if you are seeking advice from at a firm with several legal representatives. Some individuals have been very disappointed when they discovered the lawyer they sought advice from wasn't the legal representative who dealt with the majority of their case.).
These are simply a few of the questions you'll likely want to go over prior to deciding which DUI legal representative is right for you.
For more information, contact:
Clearwater Law Group
5205 West Clearwater Avenue
Kennewick, WA 99336
Phone: (509) 734-8500