Choosing to drive while under the influence of intoxicants comes with multiple risks; convictions and fines aside, getting behind the wheel of a multi-ton vehicle when you’re not in possession of all your faculties could cause bodily harm to you or an innocent bystander. No matter what your situation, if you get pulled over and charged with a DUII, you’re going to need a DUII attorney.
Hiring a DUII lawyer can be an overwhelming experience, but finding the right (and best) one for your case can mean the difference between a fine and the complete suspension of your license — sometimes for more than a year. Here are the two main ways to make sure you’ve found a DUII law firm that can confidently present your DUII defense.
- Do your research. Good DUII attorneys are attentive, understanding, and experienced; they’re also, unfortunately, hard to find quickly. Try to avoid picking the first DUII lawyer you see, and take the time to research multiple firms and individuals. Your case may be unique and require a unique perspective or focus. With the Internet at your disposal, compiling a list of qualified and capable DUII lawyers is faster than you know. If you’re absolutely stumped, you can also try asking trustworthy friends and family for their suggestions and recommendations.
- Meet face-to-face. Once you’ve made your list, it’s time to gauge the personal factor. Beyond being intelligent and successful, your lawyer should be trustworthy. If you feel comfortable and supported while discussing your case, you’ve found a good candidate; if you feel judged or unimportant, like they’re not taking your case seriously, it’s time to move on. The personal factor is arguably a more crucial component of finding the right fit than previous experience, so give it the attention it requires.
In this modern era of ride-sharing services, DUII convictions really should be a thing of the past. Unfortunately, what should be and what is are two very different things. If you’re going to take the risks associated with drinking or doing drugs and driving (like the 10.3 million who admitted to taking illicit substances and driving in 2012), you need to be prepared to deal with the consequences. Hiring a DUII lawyer with the experience and know-how necessary to successfully defend you is vital.