Have you recently been charged with a DUI? If so, you are going to need good drunk driving representation. When you set out to find a DUI defense lawyer, one of the first things you should do is make sure you are familiar with the DUI laws in your state. Know your rights and the potential consequences that you could be facing. Then, make a list of potential DUI defense lawyers in your area. You'll need to meet with each one and ask them a few questions before you can determine which one is the best fit to handle your case.
The very first question you should ask anyone you are considering for drunk driving representation is whether they would allow you to contact their previous customers. They should be willing to put you in touch with their previous customers (while protecting the clients' privacy). That way, you can ask them what they thought of the lawyer, the office and the work they did on their DWI defense case. That can garner valuable information that can help you to decide whether to hire that lawyer or not.
During your meeting with each prospective DWI lawyer, you should be prepared to answer questions about your case. To help you with the details, you should bring along any supporting documents regarding your case, including:
The original ticket/citation you were issued
A copy of the arrest record outlining the charges with which you have been charged, if available
Any other police-issued paperwork you may have received during your arrest
Any notifications/paperwork you have been issued from the courthouse, such as notification of your court appearance date
When you meet with prospective defense attorneys, always go into the meeting with a few questions written down and be prepared to record the lawyers' answers. Ask questions like:
Have you kept abreast of current MI drunk driving laws?
Do you continue to upgrade your legal education?
How long have you been practicing law? Do you specialize in DUI cases?
How many DUI cases have you defended in the past year?
How many court hours do you have logged?
Have you defended a case such as mine before? What was the outcome?
What kind of consequences am I potentially facing as a result of these charges?
Where did you study law? What year did you graduate?
What is your per-hour rate? What is your retainer fee?
And finally, one of the most important questions you can ask a DWI defense lawyer is this: How many DWI cases have you won, and how many have you lost? The answer to this will give you a good gauge of the lawyer's win/loss ration. If he has lost more than he has won, he's probably not the best choice of drunk driving representation for you.
Choosing the right drunk driving representation is absolutely imperative. Aside from legal qualifications and experience, it's important that you ensure that your prospective lawyer is a good fit for you in terms of personality and working style. If you don't feel comfortable with your lawyer, it's not the right fit! Choosing the right drunk driving representation will go a long way toward bolstering your chances of seeing a positive outcome in court.