Although the average drunk driver has driven while intoxicated around 80 times before they’re arrested for the first time, that doesn’t mean you’ll never get caught.
More than likely, your mistakes will catch up with you. During this period, it’s imperative that you have a capable DUII defense attorney by your side, protecting your rights. You’ll have time to ask your lawyer plenty of questions, but if you’re worried about your future, you may forget to inquire about some of the most important pieces of information pertaining to your case. We’ve compiled a list of things that DUII attorneys really want their clients to know.
When hiring a lawyer, you shouldn’t rush to make a decision
When you’re facing a possible DUII conviction, you will of course need to secure legal representation as soon as possible. But don’t be in a hurry to hire the very first lawyer you find. You need to find a lawyer who’s experienced in the type of case you’re dealing with and who has a stellar track record in court. You’ll also want to work with a lawyer who is a suitable match for your personality and needs. For example, even if you’re having a consultation with a real heavy hitter, you shouldn’t automatically hire them if they’re far too expensive for you to afford, or you feel they don’t have your best interests at heart. Give yourself enough time to meet with reputable DUII defense attorneys in your area so you aren’t forced to make a rash decision under pressure.
You may want to save up your vacation days for court
A lot of people fail to realize just how much time a court case can take up and how little say their attorney has over when court appearances are scheduled. Your attorney’s and your own availability aren’t actually what determines court dates; it’s the availability of the judge and their clerks and assistants that actually matters. You’ll likely need to be present for these proceedings whether the timing is convenient or not. In many cases, you won’t have a lot of advance notice. This means that flexibility is key, which can be tough if you work a full-time job. Many people have no choice but to use up their paid vacation and/or sick days for these purposes. If you have a choice between paid and unpaid time off, you may still want to consider using your paid days first, as legal expenses can add up quickly and court cases may not be resolved as quickly as you may think.
Keep in mind that your appearance matters
In general, Americans dress more casually than ever before. But when you go to court, you should look professional. That means you need to take care with your clothing and your general appearance. Dress modestly and nicely (think conservative church clothes, if in doubt). If you look like you’re going out to a club or like you just came from having a lazy day on the couch, you’re doing it wrong. Be sure to clean up facial hair or wear very natural makeup. The judge wants to see that you care about your future and about presenting yourself in a positive light. Your DUII defense attorney can provide more specific information about how you should present yourself in court in terms of both appearance and behavior. You’ll want to follow their instructions to the letter.
Although every court case is different, there are certain factors that are pretty universal. When facing a DUII allegation, you’ll want an experienced and honest DUII defense lawyer to help you along the way. For more information or to set up a consultation, contact Jared Justice.