FINDING A DUI LAWYER ONLINE
Knowing exactly what you are being charged with is the first step to finding the lawyer you need to defend your case in court. If you are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), then you need a criminal defense lawyer. These lawyers organize your case and represent you in a court of law when you are faced with a crime you have committed.
There are several ways to retain a criminal defense lawyer; one of these being use of the Internet. With the technology we have at our fingertips today, finding a lawyer is easier than ever. Finding a competent lawyer is a little more difficult though because you have to weed through those who may not be as qualified as others. Asking questions is a good way of finding out if a certain lawyer is right for you. Jot down the questions you have and the facts about your case before searching for lawyers online. Start with a Google search generalizing in criminal lawyers. You can use the advanced search option to refine your search to your state or even your city.
As you are looking through the many web pages the search has offered you, see if any of your questions you wrote down previously are answered. What other questions are answered that you may not have thought of? Do they have experience in DUI cases? What are the typical outcomes of those cases? You want a lawyer who has accurate knowledge of the laws surrounding your case.
You also want to look and see if the website offers good credentials and references. What college did the lawyer you are researching attend and are they Board-certified through that college? Having a lawyer to defend you is important, but having a reputable lawyer makes all the difference in pleading your case to the judge.
One of the most important questions we have when looking for a lawyer is - How much is this going to cost me? Indeed, this is an important question and you deserve an accurate answer. A good lawyer will state their price honestly, even though they may not display their fees on a website since many factors are taken into account when determining the cost of handling an individual's case.
If your questions are answered accordingly by a lawyer or law firm's website, you may want to contact them via email or over the phone if a number is available. Setting an appointment to meet with a lawyer you are interested in is the next step. Find out beforehand if you will be charged for an initial consultation; there usually isn't a fee if the lawyer is reputable. Attending a consultation does not mean you are required to use this lawyer, you are simply checking them out. DO NOT sign anything without fully understanding what you are signing; this is a mistake many people make. Many contracts contain hidden costs you may be unaware of. If you do hire a lawyer, make sure you read through all the information they provide you before signing and get copies of all documents for your records.