If you are in need of a DUI attorney, you're probably pretty freaked out. DUIs, at least from a public perception, are pretty scary things. You are likely facing economic consequences (loss of job, fines, etc.), personal consequences (embarassment, shame, etc.), and loss of liberty (many DUI laws have mandatory jail time associated with them). To do the best for you, you need a good DUI lawyer. Today we're going to talk about how to get the best one for you.
I've got to tell you a secret. I'm a DUI attorney. Now here's another one - I don' sign up every person that walks through my door. Some I turn away. Why would I do this? Because, I know there are many many Seattle DUI lawyers out there, many of whom could do a great job, and I know that if I'm not a good match for a person, then there is probably someone out there that is. This is the same approach you should take to finding your DUI defense lawyer. Know the right one out there for you.
But how should you go about doing that? Here are three things to consider when shopping around:
1. Shop Around.
Like I said, there are a lot of criminal attorneys out there willing to help you. And most will talk to you the first time for free. So meet with a couple, at least until you find one that you are comfortable with. People have very different styles, and you can't know that unless you meet with a couple. So shop around a bit.
2. Don't Hire the Guy that Is Way Cheaper Than Everyone Else.
You are going to get what you pay for. Enough said.
3. Ask a Lot of Questions.
You'll find, sadly, that many Seattle DUI attorneys (and DUI attorneys around the country) will say things that aren't exactly true. They want to help you, they want your business, and that can lead to some misleading statement. It's your job to ferret those out. Take the time to ask questions. Have the people you talk to clarify their statements. When someone says they are "experienced" ask them what that means and how that helps you. Do this over and over again until you get all the answers you want.
In the end, you have to go with your gut. But don't make any rash decisions. Talk to the person you are thinking of hiring, ask them questions, make sure they are reliable and trustworthy, and only then hire them to help you. This is how to hire the right DUI attorney for you.