Getting the best advice from a DWI lawyer by asking the right questions.
Being arrested for a driving while intoxicated (DWI) charge can be scary, stressful, and confusing. After arrest, it can be even more puzzling trying to figure out what the next step should be. To put it simply, the very first thing you should do after getting a DWI charge is to contact a DWI lawyer. It’s best to ask several lawyers before deciding which firm will be right for you and your case. Not sure what questions to ask? Read our list below for insight and clarity.
1. “How long have you been practicing law?”
This helps you estimate your lawyer’s skill and knowledge. A lawyer who has been practicing a substantial amount of time is most favorable, but don’t scoff at one who has a lesser amount of time on the job. Everyone needs to start somewhere, and newer attorneys will work just as hard for you as more experienced ones will.
2.”What percent of your cases are dedicated to DWI/ arrests?”
You want a lawyer who specializes in taking on DWI cases. The higher the percentage is, the more experience you can tell they have with cases like yours. It will make you feel more at ease and give you a better chance of a successful trial at court.
3. “What is your success rate for DUI cases?”
It’s not enough for a lawyer to take a large number of DWI cases. Their success rate with those cases make all the difference. After leaving your potential lawyer’s office, you should be confident that they will be able to handle your case and gain the best results for you.
4. “How many cases do you handle at a time?”
A reasonably low number in response to this question is preferred. The person you choose to be your lawyer should have enough time to be dedicated to you and your case. If they’re distracted by taking on too many cases at one, it could spell downfall for you. No one wants that.
5. “What are your goals for my case?”
Three important goals for a DWI lawyer to reach are to get your charges dismissed, avoid more jail time, and to avoid driver’s license suspension. Be sure that you trust the lawyer you choose to do these things for you successfully.
6. “Will you be with me in court?”
This lets you know if the lawyer you talk to will be the one you’re working with exclusively. You don’t want your case to be handed off to someone else you didn’t plan on working with. Make sure you have one principal lawyer.
7. “What are my legal fees?”
It’s important to work out your attorney’s fees. Check for hourly fees, if you’ll be billed for your case, if there’s a flat fee, and when they send their bills out (weekly, monthly, etc). You don’t want any surprises down the road.
For experienced DWI lawyers who will work exclusively for you, contact The Wilder Firm for advice today.