After you use the various resources available to help you locate various DUI attorneys available near you, it is time to contact each lawyer and ask numerous important questions. Many DUI attorneys offer free consultations. What questions are important to ask a DUI lawyer before agreeing to hire the aforementioned lawyer?
It is crucial to prepare and not waste your free consultation time by asking random, irrelevant questions. While many DUI lawyers are affordable, many others are expensive. It is important to get the most out of your free time prior to charges accruing once your case is accepted and a contract is signed.
A DUI lawyer is not capable of predicting the outcome of your case with absolute accuracy. A DUI lawyer is capable of informing you about the state laws applicable to your situation however, and offering an educated assessment of what to expect going forward.
During your consultation explain the situation and circumstances surrounding your DUI arrest. Make a list of all relevant information prior to contacting a DUI attorney for a consultation. It is important to explain your situation with brevity so you have time to ask additional questions most important to you.
For example, it is exceptionally important to ask a DUI attorney how much his or her services cost. A lawyer offering instant transparency with fees and expenses indicates a lawyer you are capable of trusting to represent you.
It is also important to ask a DUI lawyer about experience level. How long have the lawyers practiced law and handled DUI cases? Also ask about the lawyer’s success record. How many cases has he or she won and lost? Unorthodox albeit also important questions to ask include:
- What is the shortest length of license suspension?
- How costly are the fines?
- How well do you know the judges in the area and their tendency toward leniency?
- Do you know the arresting officer and his or her reputation?
- Am I eligible for a hardship license?
- What type of payment plans do you accept?