HOW TO CHOOSE A DUI LAWYER
If unfortunate circumstances resulted in you having a DUI charge on your head, it’s best to remember to proceed with an attorney at your side. In this instance, you should put finding a reputable attorney at the top of your to-do list. With so many options, it can be quite hard to select the right DUI lawyer for you. You also need to know when to hire a DUI lawyer since there are some situations you need to consider first. The following tips will be effective in your selection process and will help you
When you choose an attorney, the first main thing you’ll need to know is how experienced he or she is. Experience is crucial in this matter while everything else can be equal. Before you make a random selection, remember that experience is key. An experienced attorney will be more helpful than someone who isn’t.
Look For A Local Counsel
If you’re positive that you need to go on trial, ask first how much does it cost for a DWI Lawyer. That is the least important thing when compared to his skills. While searching for someone, don’t forget to consider how successful he was with his trial practice.
Good Reputation and No Discipline By The State Bar
While choosing an attorney, it’s best to choose one who isn’t disciplined by the state bar. In Houston DWI defense attorney, those who are disciplined, tend to have a record. Before you make your selection, it’s best to check with the state bar
What Is The Cost Of An Attorney?
If you’re comparing fees, you can underpay or overpay in some instances. Sometimes, people pay far too much for the service being provided and they can even pay too little for their attorney’s help. When this happens, you’re usually faced with receiving what you pay for. So be sure to find someone who has a decent overhead price and can accurately represent you
How to Choose a DUI Attorney
Your mind is spinning after a drinking and driving arrest. One thing you must consider carefully is how to choose a DUI attorney
Compile a list of candidates
The first step in choosing an experienced DUI attorney is to do as much research as possible. That said, remember that, like with anything, you get what you pay for. While it may be tempting to hire the lawyer with the lowest rate, this may not be your best option. Instead, look for experienced attorneys with reputations for success. In fact, an experienced attorney may even be able to save you money in the long run.
Compare the firms’ histories and reputations.
Once you have a list of attorneys, you need to narrow down your search by making some comparisons. You can employ the same tactics you used to find law firms when you are researching them
It’s important to know what areas of law a firm practices. Driving under the influence falls in the area of criminal law, which covers any area of the legal system that deals with punishment of those who allegedly commit crimes. We has a group of attorneys who specifically practice criminal law and have experience fighting DUIs
Former Prosecuting Attorneys
In DUI cases, it may be particularly beneficial to hire an attorney who was formerly a prosecuting attorney themselves, and is used to looking at a case from the perspective “of the other team.” Eevery lawyer in our criminal law practice is a former prosecutor
How to Choose a DWI Lawyer
One in seven licensed Minnesota drivers has at least one DWI. Many of these people simply hired the wrong lawyer. THE RIGHT LAWYER has current knowledge of this complicated law, the resources to fight the police, experience with trials, and more. No criminal law in Minnesota is more complicated. Here’s how to choose the right DWI lawyer.
THE RIGHT LAWYER Knows the Civil Consequences of DWI Arrest . . .
A DWI arrest has serious implications, some of which can last a lifetime and many of which have to be fought outside of the criminal court (in civil court or in administrative agencies).
THE RIGHT LAWYER Knows the Most Recent Changes in the Law . . .
DWI law is constantly changing. Major changes have been made in each of the last five years. Even if the lawyer knew the law last year, DWI laws change so often that unless the lawyer studies the changes on a weekly basis the lawyer’s knowledge is out-of-date. Each of these has changed significantly in just the last two months!
THE RIGHT LAWYER Questions Everything . . .
Really great DWI lawyers know each step of the stop-arrest-charge process, and examine everything along the way to make sure your rights are protected.
Was the stop performed correctly? How about the field sobriety test? What’s the chain of custody on the blood alcohol test, and what lab processed it? Where did the arresting officer train and using what materials? Your lawyer needs to interrogate all of these and more.
HOW TO SELECT AN EXPERIENCED DRUNK DRIVING LAWYER
A drunk driving arrest creates substantial risks involving loss of your driver’s license, and perhaps even your freedom. It is critical to select and hire an experienced drunk driving lawyer to advise you and to represent you aggressively
Many people who are charged with drunk driving receive a pile of solicitation letters in the mail from attorneys they have never met. There are companies that review court filings on a daily basis and then sell lists of names to attorneys. These attorneys then mail form letters soliciting their services. These solicitation letters often include absurdly low legal fees, and mislead the public regarding the true cost of experienced and qualified lawyers.
EXPERIENCED DRUNK DRIVING LAWYER
Jonathan Scott Smith is a top rated former criminal prosecutor, with over 30 years of courtroom experience. He has handled thousands of drunk driving cases. You can see what many satisfied clients have to say about the job he did for them. In addition, you can check the results in real cases he has handled
HIGHLY RESPECTED DUI LAWYER
Before selecting a drunk driving lawyer, there are important questions to ask. These include:
How long has the lawyer practiced law?
Has the lawyer ever been a criminal prosecutor?
Has the lawyer ever published books on criminal law?
What is the lawyer’s reputation, for both legal skill and professional ethics?
How many drunk driving cases has the lawyer handled?
How many drunk driving cases has the lawyer actually taken to trial, rather than plea bargained?
What results has the lawyer obtained?
QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN HIRING AN ILLINOIS DUI ATTORNEY
WHAT BOOKS OR ARTICLES HAS THE ATTORNEY WRITTEN ON DUI LAW?
Generally, publishers seek out only those attorneys who are considered the best in their field. Additionally, attorneys who have books and articles published are recognized by judges for their knowledge and expertise in the field. At Ramsell & Associates, Donald Ramsell has authored the ‘Illinois DUI Law and Practice Guidebook’ and ‘Understanding DUI Scientific Evidence’, as well as dozens of other articles on Illinois DUI Law
HOW MANY DUI JURY TRIALS HAS THE FIRM HANDLED AS DEFENSE ATTORNEYS IN THE PAST YEAR?
There are many attorneys who claim to be great DUI lawyers, but in reality they never actually go to jury trial and win for their clients. After being hired, they simply tell the person that their case is ‘not winnable’ and they plead the person guilty and take their money. A truly great DUI attorney should have several jury trials every year as defense attorneys (claiming that one has performed jury trials as a prosecutor does not prove they can successfully defend a client). At Ramsell & Associates, we have more jury trials (and more jury trial victories) every year than any other firm in DuPage County. In fact, every lawyer at Ramsell & Associates has jury trial experience defending DUI cases. We are not afraid of going to a hearing, bench trial, or jury trial in order to win a case. And the fear of a trial is one of the reasons that causes prosecutors to offer reductions and lighter sentences.
IS THE LAWYER SPECIALLY TRAINED IN DUI FIELD SOBRIETY TESTING?
It is quite likely that a person arrested for a DUI in Illinois was given field sobriety tests by the police. These sobriety tests may constitute the only reason that a person faces the loss of their driving privileges or jail time for a DUI. A great DUI attorney will have taken the police training course for Standardized Filed Sobriety Testing in accordance with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Unfortunately, most attorneys have not, and so they will not know the tricks for defeating these tests. Every attorney at Ramsell & Associates has taken this 3 day police course, and Donald Ramsell is the only certified Instructor that is also a DUI defense attorney in the entire State of Illinois. In fact, Ramsell has qualified in court in DuPage and Kane counties as an expert in field sobriety testing, and has written extensively on this subject.
IS THE ATTORNEY A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL COLLEGE FOR DUI DEFENSE?
The National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) is considered by myself to be the preeminent national organization for truly committed DUI defense attorneys. Only those attorneys who have been recommended by at least 2 other judges or lawyers may be accepted. The American Bar Association recognizes NCDD to be the only organization qualified to certify an attorney as a specialist in DUI Defense. Very few Illinois attorneys are members of this organization. In my opinion, if your attorney does not belong in this organization, that failure should be considered a red flag. All of the attorneys at Ramsell & Associates are active members of NCDD. Donald Ramsell is the only Illinois DUI attorney who is a Sustaining Member of NCDD.
DOES THE ATTORNEY LECTURE OR TEACH OTHER ATTORNEYS HOW TO PERFORM DUI DEFENSE?
Only the best DUI attorneys are requested by bar associations to teach DUI defense, in my opinion. This is true because bar associations know which lawyers are considered to be authoritative by the other lawyers in the association. Donald Ramsell has lectured and taught DUI defense over 50 times in many states across the country.