A DUI is a very serious offense that can impact your future and change the course of your life. Therefore it is important to hire a competent attorney as you navigate the complex legal system. But before you do you have to go through the process of finding an ethical attorney you want to represent you. Here are some things you should consider when hiring a DUI lawyer.
Within Your Budget
Are you being charged an hourly rate, or a flat rate, or some other way? You will want to find out A trustworthy attorney describes all of the costs associated with representing you in writing with a detailed explanation of each service you are being charged for and why. For example, if you have to pay for your attorney’s travel to a courthouse in your area then you might choose another attorney who is closer to you.
Even if you think you found the right attorney at your first consultation, you will want to meet with others to see if you get better or worse treatment somewhere else. Sometimes people don’t realize how much better they can be treated until they are treated better, and suddenly they see the difference. It’s better to take the time meeting with different attorneys to choose the right one rather than make a hasty decision that you regret later.
Memberships in Professional Organizations
There are a number of invitation-only or voluntary professional organizations for attorneys such as the American Bar Association or the bar association for the state in which the attorney is practicing. While membership in a state bar is not required, members are provided with educational opportunities so they are on top of any changes to the law or potential changes, and how those changes affect their clients. Similarly, you can ask about an attorney’s educational credentials as well as how many years they have been practicing.
Larger firms are less likely to take on minor cases but have the advantage of having qualified legal aides and clerks assisting with their cases. A client represented by a smaller firm, however, will have a trade-off between direct communication with their attorney and being able to reach them or anyone else who can answer questions or concerns as they come up.
Answers Your Questions
While lawyers spend a lot of time using highly specialized language and speaking in a certain way in court and among colleagues, you want one who will speak to you in plain language, will check to ensure you have understood what was said and will give you straightforward answers. Even the most conscientious lawyer will slip up every now and then and use confusing jargon that clients don’t understand, but this should be rare and go along with a feeling that the client is free and welcome to ask for clarity on anything. Avoid attorneys who are ambiguous or use vague language. Ask questions and see how they respond. You should feel comfortable asking your attorney anything throughout the process, so if you do not feel that way after the initial consultation then continuing interviewing other lawyers until you find a good match, such as DUI lawyer David W. Farrell, Attorney at Law in Columbia, SC.