Facing DUI/DWI Charges?
If you’ve been arrested or charged with driving under the influence, make sure to consult a DUI attorney. From potential jail time to license suspension, the consequences of a drunk driving conviction can be severe.
Whether you think you want to fight the charges or take a plea deal—or don’t know what you want to do—speaking to an experienced DUI lawyer is crucial to understanding your rights and whether you have any viable defenses to the charges.
A qualified DUI lawyer can explain how your state’s law applies to the facts of your case and help you navigate the courts and Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). As your case moves forward, you’ll want representation you’re confident in.
Looking for a Lawyer?
At Lawyers.com, you’ll find a user-friendly search tool that allows you to tailor results by area of law and geography. You can also search for attorneys by name. Attorney profiles prominently display contact information, list topics of expertise, and show ratings—by both clients and other legal professionals.
Ready to Meet With a Lawyer?
Before hiring a lawyer or law firm, make sure to speak directly—preferably in person—to the attorney who will be primarily responsible for handling your case. Consider bringing to the conversation a list of questions and any documentation related to your case. Remember that you don’t need to hire the first lawyer you consult and that, first and foremost, you want a lawyer you trust.
What to Ask a Lawyer
When gathering your thoughts and documents, think about what you’ll want to ask the lawyer. Consider including on your list questions about:
- the lawyer’s experience with DUI/DWI cases
- the lawyer’s familiarity with the court you’ll be going to
- how often the lawyer goes to trial (as opposed to settling)
- who else will work on your case
- attorneys’ fees and other expenses related to the case (including how the cost might increase as the case moves to other stages, like trial)
- whether the fees include representation in administrative license-suspension proceedings
- how the case might affect your driving privileges, and
- the lawyer’s initial impressions of your case and options