CHOOSING A SEMINOLE COUNTY DUI ATTORNEY
ARRESTED FOR DRIVING UNDER THE
When looking for a DUI/DWI attorney, the
most important thing to remember is not
to be afraid to ask questions. An
attorney is best able to help a client
who participates in and takes an active
interest in his own defense.
Here are a few questions to ask in order
to make an informed choice:
- How many years has the
attorney been in practice?
This will tell you about the attorney's
potential experience. An experienced DUI
lawyer has a proven track record of
getting the best possible results for
- How much experience does the attorney
have representing persons who are
charged with DUI?
You want a lawyer who specializes in DUI
cases and understands all the viable
defenses and is able to minimize your
penalties as necessary. You should leave
the attorney's office confident that you
have spoken to someone who has real
expertise and experience in DUI law.
- How familiar is the attorney with the
specific courtrooms, judges, and
district attorneys in Seminole County?
A comprehensive knowledge of the courts,
judges and prosecutors should be used to
derive a plan for each case that will
produce the most desirable results for
every client. There are certain
situations where one courtroom may be
more suitable for a case than another.
- How many cases has the
attorney taken to jury trial?
Your case might need to go to trial in
order to get the outcome you deserve and
it is imperative that your attorney have
trial experience if it is required.
Although it is fairly uncommon for a DUI
case to go to trial, it is imperative
that you choose a DUI defense attorney
who is familiar with the DUI trial
process and who is confident in taking
your case to trial if it is advisable.
- Who will actually be
handling the case and what are
Most attorneys work with a team. The
lawyer that you might be speaking with
might not actually be the person who
does the bulk of the work.
- Is the attorney covered by a legal
malpractice insurance policy?
Your attorney should have malpractice
insurance. Malpractice insurance is just
as much insurance for you as it is for
- Has the attorney ever
been disciplined by the State
You should consider
the reputation of the attorney
within the courts and legal
You do not want a lawyer with a long
disciplinary record and you deserve
to know if your lawyer has been
disciplined in the past.
- Does the attorney consult with alcohol
and technical experts in the analysis of
It is often advantageous to utilize the
services of expert witnesses such as
forensic toxicologists, accident
reconstruction experts, and medical
experts. Such expert witnesses are
qualified to discuss the properties of
chemical tests, accident reconstruction,
Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs) and other
scientific aspects of your case.
- What are all the
potential legal costs, including
investigators, experts and other
It is important to know what services
are included when you hire a DUI
attorney. Since the vast majority of
cases are concluded by way of plea or
dismissal prior to trial, it is rarely
advantageous to pay a fee which you are
told would include handling a trial.
- What challenges does the
lawyer see in your case?
The lawyer should be able to explain to
you what he or she sees as the
challenges you face and what they could
mean for the ultimate result.
- What outcome does the
A good attorney will not promise you a
specific result because it is always
impossible to be certain how a case will
turn out. A good attorney can only offer
an honest appraisal of your case and
your chances and promise take a
vigorous, proactive stance in defending
- How will the attorney
keep you informed about your
You must feel comfortable with the
attorney's commitment to communicate
with you. It is important to know
whether you will be able to communicate
directly with your attorney or if you
will be dealing mostly with paralegals.
When you look for a DUI attorney in
Seminole County, be completely
forthcoming with the details of your
case. Most importantly, be honest.
Except in rare cases, if you are talking
to an attorney face to face, even before
he or she has decided to take your case,
you already have attorney-client
privilege. This means that nothing you
say can be used against you. If you have
any doubt that your communication with
the attorney is "privileged," just ask.
SELECTING THE RIGHT SEMINOLE COUNTY DUI ATTORNEY
An experienced Seminole County DUI
attorney will protect your rights and
employ viable defenses to driving under
the influence charges. Your legal
representation can help navigate the
system and come away with the best
possible outcome, whether by getting
charges thrown out or reduced, penalties
minimized, or fighting for acquittal at
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