Once you’ve decided that you need a DUI lawyer to handle your DUI or DWI case, your next step is to go out and find one. So, how do you do that?
One of the best places to find a DUI attorney is through word of mouth. If you have friends who have been in the unfortunate circumstance of being charged with a DUI or another misdemeanor, ask who their lawyer was and if they liked them. You always need to make sure that the attorney they have dealt with is a criminal attorney. While they may have a lawyer that helps them with their real estate, their will, or a divorce, these types of lawyers do not deal with criminal law and so, they most likely won’t be able to help you with your case. While they will be able to represent you in court, should you really want them to, they won’t be as well-versed in the ins and outs of DUI law and how they can help you.
If the people you know have never needed to hire a criminal attorney, you still have many options at your disposal. One of the best ones is to look at online directories. Many are out there, some are set up by the bar association in the area while others have been put together by different non-profit groups and other organizations. A few of the online directories specific to DUI attorneys are: Drunk Driving Lawyers, Find a DUI Attorney, and DUI Find Law.
Of course, you’ll always find directories that aren’t online too. The old standbys such as your local Yellow Pages, local newspapers, and bulletin boards around the neighborhood are all still very good options for finding a DUI attorney.
One of the great ways to find out if a DUI lawyer has the potential to be a good fit for your case, a great way to find out how they are in court before you even meet them is to go see them in action! Go down to your local courthouse and sit in on some cases. Generally these are open to the public and they’re a great way to really get a feel for particular lawyers and how they are in court.
Of course, if you really want to make sure that you’re getting the right attorney for the job, do all of these things when you’re trying to find a DUI lawyer. That way you’ll be sure that you’re getting the broadest choice, and that you’ve covered every base possible.