Do I Need A DUI Lawyer?
Whether or not you work with a legal representative can have a big impact on your case so you might desire to think carefully prior to making a choice. If you do decide to hire a DUI attorney there are numerous things to think about so that you find the best attorney possible to represent you.
Depending on where you live you may not be able to find a good legal representative that practices DUI law specifically, but look for a lawyer who spends at least half of his or her time dealing with DUI cases. It might be appealing to employ your local lawyer who deals with a variety of problems such as DUI's, divorce, wills, and insolvency, and so on but DUI law is comprehensive and continually changing so you will likely be much better employing an expert in DUI.
Before you employ a DUI attorney, or any other type of attorney, satisfy with him or her. Having a face to deal with conference with your legal representative prior to employing him or her is excellent for both the customer and the attorney. It also helps the lawyer decide if he or she feels comfortable working with you and desires to take on your case.
Prior to going to any assessments with legal representatives (and you need to seek advice from with at least 2 legal representatives 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 attorney for you to employ.
The library is another excellent location to do research. Your public library should have a copy of the Martindale Hubbell law directory. The directory site does its finest to note every attorney in the United States along with his or her location( s) of specialized. You can browse the directory by either location or area of law each legal representative handles. The directory site is also more here available online. People you understand can likewise be a great source of info regarding a good legal representative.
Develop a list of concerns you wish to ask each legal representative throughout the assessment so you can compare each legal representative similarly before deciding who you want to employ to represent you.
A few questions you might wish to have on the list you make are:
1) What percent of the cases you deal with are DUI or impaired driver? (Remember that you want somebody who is extremely knowledgeable about the current laws in your state.).
2) What do you charge and what is your cost structure? (You'll need to know the most you'll need to pay as well as how much you need to pay upfront. Numerous DUI lawyers charge a flat fee, which is a set quantity for your case whether it goes to trial. Some lawyers charge a hourly cost. Others have actually staggered fee structures that break things into stages. They might charge a flat charge up until trial. If the case goes to trial then there's another cost to pay. If the whole charge is required in advance however you are financially not able to pay all of it upfront ask if a payment arrangement can be exercised. It can't harm to ask. The worst answer you can get is "no.").
3) What expenses besides attorney fees will I be accountable for? (In addition to attorney fees you might be accountable for things like court costs and filing costs).
4) Will you be the legal representative handling my case or will someone else in the company be the primary lawyer on my case? (This concern is particularly important if you are seeking advice from at a company with several legal representatives. Some individuals have been really annoyed when they found out the legal representative they talked to wasn't the attorney who handled most of their case.).
These are just a few of the concerns you'll likely wish to ask prior to choosing which DUI lawyer is right for you.
For more information, contact:
Clearwater Law Group
5205 West Clearwater Avenue
Kennewick, WA 99336
Phone: (509) 734-8500