Sometimes in life, we make choices that we wish we hadn’t. Sometimes those choices only affect us and other times they affect others around us. Over 1.1 million drivers were arrested in 2014 because they were driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. In Palos Hills, three times as many males were arrested for drunk driving than females. Even if you find yourself in a situation where you are caught driving under the influence (DUI), you still have options when it comes to choosing the best defense. It is a good idea to consider hiring a lawyer. You always have the option to go along with the government-appointed lawyer, but it would be a better decision to find and hire an attorney on your own.
If this is your first offense or you know someone who recently was charged with a DUI, finding the right defense lawyer might be easier than you think. There are certain things that you can look to locate an attorney that specializes in DUI situations. Their experience will give you behind the scenes knowledge of how the court system works. They can give you extra counseling on what to say and what not to say. They know plea bargain deals and the ability to navigate difficult situations. Here are some tips to help you find a good attorney.
A DUI lawyer who listens and understands your case and can help you in court is not very easy to find. Research has to be done to find a few good options for DUI attorneys. The Internet and social media are great resources to make this search easier. You can also reach out to family and friends in order to get suggestions and recommendations on who to deal with and who to avoid.
Make a list
Make a list of the lawyers that you want to reach out to after you’ve done your research. The list should include their name, area that they specialize in, phone number, Email and address. If, during your research, you’ve already determined their pricing structure, include a column for “cost” in this list as well.
Face to Face
Once you’ve determined which attorney you want to move forward with, you will want to check your state bar website to see if the lawyer you’ve chosen has a history of malpractice or has ever been subject to any disciplinary actions. Make sure they are licensed to practice in your state. Face-to-face meetings with your prospective attorney are very important to understand how they make you feel and how you feel about them.
Ask them how many DUI trials they’ve done and how many years they’ve been practicing law. You also want to find out how many guilty or not guilty verdicts they’ve had and how many years they have practiced DUI defense. It might seem strange at first, but don’t be nervous. Think of this as a job interview where you’re doing the hiring.
If you’re looking for a DUI defense attorney with a lot of experience and resources, contact Ettinger & Besbekos, P.C. They are a law firm built on a foundation of respect, experience, and determination. You can reach them at (708) 923-0368 or online at ettingerandbesbekos.com.
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