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How to Hire the Right DUI Lawyer for You

Posted on : November 7, 2016, By:  J Brian Kelley

Locating for an experienced lawyer for your DUI can be the most essential part of achieving a desirable verdict. There’s lots of information out there, and sifting it through to locate the right DUI lawyer is a daunting job. Here are a few tips to assist you in finding a DUI attorney who is right for you.

Ask About DUI Case Load Percentages

Surprisingly, just any attorney who says “I manage DUI cases” may not have the amount of knowledge needed to be successful in your case. Ask what percent of a lawyer’s case load are DUI’s. Do they frequently attend seminars to keep current on ever-changing drunk driving laws?

Be Certain The DUI Lawyer Practices in Your Region

A DUI lawyer who practices in your area has an innate understanding of the specific judges and how those judges run their courts. While the law will not alter, having a DUI lawyer who knows the judges likely to preside over your case can raise your odds for a favorable result. Check to see if your attorney worked with judges and the prosecutors in your area. If not, inquire what the lawyer plans on doing before stepping foot in the courtroom to learn about them. If your DUI attorney isn’t comfortable with your prosecutor and your judge, make sure she or he has a strategy to get information about them before your case goes to court.

Be Certain The Attorney is Up to Date on DUI Law

DUI law is a sophisticated and dynamic area of law. In Mississippi, DUI laws change often. Be certain your attorney remains up to date on the latest changes to the laws. It’s critical that you have a well informed attorney who is abreast of the most recent laws that could affect your case.

Trial Experience

Does your lawyer have any trial experience? What were the results? Remember, no two cases are the same, so if they have won and have taken cases to trial, that does not necessarily ensure your case will win at trial also. It does, however, let you know that your lawyer is likely more comfortable in the courtroom should your case go to trial. If, however, your OWI/DUI lawyer hasn’t taken a case to trial, it may be a sign that your attorney will pressure you to take a plea deal that may not be in your best interest.

Discuss Fees

Does the lawyer charge an hourly fee or offer flat fee arrangements? Can you choose the fee arrangement? What other costs (postage, copy costs, phone fees, etc.) do they bill?

While you should never select an attorney based entirely on their price, it’s a good idea to know what your lawyer will charge up front.

Be Sure You’re Comfortable with Your Attorney

One of the most important things to take note of is whether or not you are comfortable with your attorney. Are you going to have the ability to communicate with them? Ask lots of questions and use it as an opportunity to actually interview them. You should be 100% confident in your attorney’s ability to manage your DUI case before you sign on the dotted line.

Contact the Law Offices of J. Brian Kelley today to learn more about experienced Mississippi DUI representation by calling (208) 735-0030.


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