Choosing the right
criminal defense lawyer for yourself or a loved one after a
DWI charge can be quite challenging since your reputation and freedom are
on the line. Getting convicted of a DWI can have a significant impact
on your day-to-day life, such as your driving privileges, your employment,
and even your freedom.
It is imperative that you find a repeatable attorney you can trust and
can help you obtain the most favorable outcome possible. This post discusses
how to hire a DWI attorney and important factors to consider making your decision.
Create a List of Potential Candidates
A great way to start your search is by soliciting personal recommendations
from your close peers. Your trusted friend, family member, or colleague
can provide some useful information about the overall process of the legal
system, how the lawyer performed, and details of the final outcome. Furthermore,
you can also get an idea of the overall costs.
If you have ever been represented by an attorney in the past for another
type of case, he or she can also be a reliable resource. Lawyers can refer
you to someone who specializes in criminal defense from their network
of attorneys that they know either from school or from their professional practice.
If you do not wish to ask a friend or college for a recommendation, researching
National Associations and State Bar Association is a great resource, such as:
- The National College of DUI Defense
- The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Texas State Bar Association
Decide Whether the Lawyer is Qualified to Handle Your Case
Once your preliminary search is complete, you must then consider each attorney’s
qualifications. Start by looking into the lawyer’s educational background
and their results from similar cases. Ensure that they are licensed by
looking at the
Texas State Bar website and check their ethical records to see if any of your choices has had
any disciplinary action taken against them by the state.
You want a DWI attorney who possesses the extensive knowledge of DWI laws
and has experience in dealing with DWI cases. In addition, if you hire
a local lawyer, he or she will likely be more familiar with the courts,
judges, and prosecutors where your case will be handled.
Schedule an In-Person Consultation
Seeing your potential candidates face-to-face will help you determine which
attorney you feel most comfortable with and have the most confidence in.
It is important to always be upfront about all the facts of your case
so the attorney can provide the best advice on how to proceed with your
case. Additionally, bring all DWI related documents, such as the police
report, letters from the DMV, etc.
Ask the lawyer about his or her success rate, how many cases he or she
has brought to trial, how many he or she has gotten dismissed, and how
many DWI cases has he or she handled. Since the lawyer you meet may not
also be the one who ultimately handles your case, also meet with the other
attorney or person handling your case.
After your consultation, you should have a clear understanding of the attorney’s
strategy to handling your case. The lawyer should provide an effective
and personalized strategy, which demonstrates how experienced he or she
is with handling DWI cases.
Think About the Costs
You have the right to know all of the legal fees in advance and in a written
contract. While additional fees may be incurred throughout the process
of your case, the lawyer should be able to provide an overall estimate
to what they will be. The fees may be hourly or a flat rate.
After speaking with several lawyers, you should get a good idea of what
is considered a fair price for the representation you need. Find out if
the attorney offers a payment plan.
Contact Our Houston Criminal Defense Attorney for a Free Case Evaluation
The Law Office of Jason Luong, PLLC, our firm’s founder –
Attorney Jason Luong – has successfully tried over 40 case verdicts to date. With more
than 15 years of experience and as a former prosecutor, he has a thorough
understanding of the legal system and understands how the prosecution
will approach your case, giving you an advantage in the courtroom. Attorney
Luong and his legal team can investigate your arrest, collect and analyze
evidence, and develop an effective and personalize defense strategy to
either get your case entirely dismissed or your charges reduced substantially.
Do not hesitate to
contact us and request a
free consultation today.