It might seem easy enough to find an attorney to help you when you need, because all you have to do is enter some key terms into a search engine, right? While that method will certainly get you a lot of “hits”, it takes a little more digging to make sure the attorney you put your trust in is the right attorney for the job. Referrals from friends and family members are always helpful, but doing some checking of your own will help to satisfy your personal concerns and give you the peace of mind needed when faced with a legal issue. This is especially true if the legal issue you face is of the criminal nature, because your independence can be put at risk.
Three things to know about your defense attorney and in particular a DUI defense attorney are:
- The level of experience: we understand that everyone gets their start at some time, but when your freedom is on the line it is best to use an attorney that has experience in the area of law your case involves. Just like it would not make sense to go see a hairdresser for a problem with your car, it does not make sense to have a patent lawyer handle your criminal defense. It is perfectly acceptable to ask your attorney how many cases of your type of case they have handled, and how long they have been practicing in this area of law. Doing so will give you the information you need to decide if you are comfortable with the advice given.
- Providing updates: when you let someone else handle an important aspect of your life, you want to know the outcome. It is essential that your attorney communicate status updates to you, and makes sure you are informed of all required court appearances and other appointments. You must be given the information you need to do your part, and regular updates from your attorney is the way to get this information.
- Feeling comfortable: unless you are comfortable with your attorney, you will not be inclined to give him vital pieces of evidence about your case. Take the time to sit down and talk with an attorney before handing over your case, a face to face meeting will help you to become comfortable trusting someone with your case.
If you or a loved one has been charged with DUI, call us to make an appointment. We will listen to your concerns, and give you the answers you need to make a decision about how to proceed. We have experience in DUI defense, and look forward to putting that experience to work for you.
For more information about subsequent DUI cases, call us. Contact our office today schedule an appointment with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. The first visit is a free initial consultation.