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Many people begin their search for the right DUI lawyer on the internet. Type in “DUI lawyers” and pages of resources will pop up instantly. This makes choosing difficult because all DUI lawyers advertize themselves as the best out there with more experience than anyone else. However, the keys to weeding through the fluff and finding the right DUI lawyer for your particular circumstance are first, to target your search, and second, to get references.
Targeting Your Search
The best way to target your search for the right DUI lawyer is to present the details of your particular case to a variety of DUI lawyers, optimally 5 or 6 of them. DUI cases are all unique and there are several factors that make them different. Is this your first DUI or your second or third? Was it the result of an accident or a simple traffic stop? If there was an accident, were people injured or just the property? Is anyone in critical condition? Has anyone died? What was your blood/alcohol level? Do you have insurance, and if you do, is there adequate coverage? The answers to these questions will make a difference in your case and in the approach your DUI lawyer will take. This is why it is critical to phone up a few different DUI lawyers and have a brief 10 minute phone conversation to clarify the details before the initial consultation.
What to Ask?
Below are a few questions you should ask before you hire.
1. How many cases like mine have you handled?
2. What can I do now to improve my situation?
3. What do you think you can do for me?
4. How long does it typically take to resolve these matters?
5. How much will this cost me?
What About Your Insurance Company?
If you were involved in an accident and your insurance company is providing an attorney to represent you, there are a few things you should expect your insurance company to do. According to an article in Best’s Review, “To reduce the cost of legal defenses without lowering the quality of the defense provided, an insurance company should:
1. Improve its claim processing activities to eliminate unnecessary lawsuits (five to 10% of all litigation);
2. Send attorneys detailed letters of transmittal containing all the relevant information
on the case, including exactly what the lawyer is to do, thus eliminating long, expensive "feedback" letters; and
3. Have staff do all tasks that do not require an attorney (e.g., ordering items of information).”
Remember, the better informed you are about the process the better your chance for a favorable outcome.