Driving under the influence, driving while intoxicated, drinking and driving,
impaired driving, these are all terms that denote DUI. Basically DUI is the
illegal operation of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. And as many
people as there are refraining from drinking and driving by taking alternative
actions such as riding the bus, calling a taxi and relying on designated drivers,
there are still many people who are caught driving under the influence. Then
once caught, they require legal representation.
Looking for a DUI lawyer
might be like trying to choose a piece of candy in a
confection store. Open the yellow pages of the telephone book, search the
internet and read the community newspapers and there are plenty of DUI
specialists. The problem is not whether one will find a lawyer, it is the choice
of lawyer. So how does one start looking for a DUI attorney?
Unless you are rich and famous in which you will fly in a DUI specialist from
anywhere, the average person should look for a lawyer in his community or the
area in which the DUI took place. Where and how to look for a DUI attorney will
depend how bad the charge that was laid when caught. For example, if someone was
injured or killed because of the driver, a manslaughter lawyer who specialises
in DUI may be required.
If on the other hand, you were not involved in an accident and charged through
for instance, a random spot check, then although the charge is still serious,
you have not done bodily harm nor caused an accident. So such a high profile
person may not be necessary.
The most obvious way to find a DUI lawyer is to know someone who already used a
particular lawyer and whose results of the court case were favorable to the
person. Another way is from local newspaper articles about cases where lawyers'
names are mentioned and the results of a case discussed.
If you have been charged outside of the state in which you reside, it will be
beneficial to have a lawyer from that area as each state has different laws and
different strategies to defending you. Also, it is necessary to look for someone
who specialises in DUI. While another lawyer may be competent, he/she does not
know all the intricacies of DUI law. Likewise a company that specialises in
contesting speeding tickets will not be successful, in most cases, in helping
you to fight DUI.
Not being able to find a lawyer from personal references or public information,
start searching the telephone book. Many DUI specialists take out full-page ads.
Read the ad, look for the website address and obtain as much background
information as you can. Make a list of possible candidates and then contact the
offices to get information about fees, free first consultations, how quickly you
can be seen and then meet with the ones with whom you sent up appointments.
Believe it or not, many DUI offices take ads on bus shelters, taxicabs and
billboards. While they might not be the best firm to contact, they are at least
prospects when searching. Lastly, if you have a lawyer that you have hired for
another function, ask him/her whom he might recommend.
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