How to Choose a Sacramento DUI Attorney
If you've been charged with driving while intoxicated (DUI) in Sacramento, you'll want to retain the services of a Sacramento DUI attorney. Your lawyer can try to negotiate reduced charges, defend you in court and guide you through the legal process.
You may not know how to find and hire a lawyer. This article will help you through the process.
Identify Possible Sacramento DUI Attorneys to Hire
One of the first things you'll need to do following your Sacramento drunk driving arrest is find lawyers to possibly hire. There are a couple of ways to do this.
If you know someone who's previously been arrested for drunk driving, ask that person if he liked his lawyer. Was he satisfied with the outcome? What were the lawyer's strengths and weaknesses? Would he recommend the attorney to you?
If you'd rather not discuss your drunk driving arrest or if you'd simply like the name of another Sacramento DUI attorney, then Attorneys.com can help. We can connect you with a drunk driving lawyer in your area.
To use Attorneys.com, simply complete the form on this site or call us at 1-877-913-7222. After asking you a few basic questions, we'll put you in touch with a Sacramento drunk driving lawyer. The lawyer will call you within two days, or you can reach out to him immediately.
Prepare to Meet a Sacramento DUI Attorney
Many lawyers are willing to meet potential clients at a preliminary meeting, called an initial consultation. You can accomplish several things that this meeting, including:
- Telling the lawyer more about your legal situation
- Questioning the lawyer about his skills, background, experience, suggested legal strategy for your case and legal fees
- Deciding whether to hire the attorney
Most lawyers don't charge for the initial consultation, but double check when you make the appointment.
To make the most of the meeting, there are a few things you should do to prepare.
You'll want to make a written list of questions to ask the lawyer. Understand that the lawyer may not feel comfortable giving you specific legal advice until after you've hired him. Instead, focus on the lawyer's legal background, experience handling Sacramento DUI cases and legal fees. You can also ask the lawyer how he generally handles cases similar to yours. Bring writing material to the meeting, so you can take notes as you interview the attorney.
You'll also want to bring any documents related to your DUI charges. These will help the lawyer better understand the charges and the prosecutor's case against you.
Selecting an Attorney
After you've met with each Sacramento DUI lawyer you're considering, it's time to select one to handle your case. There may be one attorney who stood out from the rest, which will make your decision an easy one. If you're torn between a couple of lawyers, ask yourself:
- Which attorney made me feel most comfortable?
- Who had the best experience and legal background to handle my case?
- Which attorney suggested the most appropriate strategy?
- Whose legal fees can I afford?
- Which attorney do I trust to do the best job?
Once you've asked and answered those questions, you should be well on your way to selecting the best Sacramento DUI attorney to handle your case.