How to Pick a Cleveland DUI Attorney
If the police have recently arrested you for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI), you don’t have much time to find a Cleveland DUI attorney. We can show you how to find a lawyer and how you can be sure it’s the right lawyer for you.
The legal term for a DUI in Ohio is operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI), but the crime is also known as driving while intoxicated (DWI), or operating under the influence (OUI).
However you refer to it, the consequences if found guilty are serious. Under Ohio OVI law, the penalties for drunk driving include:
- Fines of between $200 and $10,000
- Jail time
- Temporary suspension of your Ohio driver's license
With so much at stake, you need to find an expert in this area of law. The world of criminal law is huge. It’s not enough to hire a Cleveland criminal attorney. You need one experienced in OVI laws.
Gathering Names of Cleveland DUI Lawyers
Start your search by gathering the names of some Cleveland DUI lawyers. You can ask your family members, friends and business colleagues to find out if they personally know any. It’s even more helpful if they have hired a Cleveland OVI lawyer themselves.
If you do know someone who has employed a DUI lawyer, ask them:
- Did your attorney fight hard for you?
- Did you like your attorney’s advice? Do you feel you were steered in the right direction?
- Was your lawyer patient with your questions? Did you understand the process well?
- Most importantly, would you hire the same attorney again if needed?
If your friends don’t have any recommendations for you – or you’d prefer not to discuss your recent arrest with them – you have another resource right here. Attorneys.com can connect you with a Cleveland DUI lawyer near you.
All you have to do is call 1-877-913-7222, or complete the short form on this website. We’ll have a few questions for you. Then, whether you are in the Flats or Glenville or any other part of Cleveland, we’ll have the name and number of at least one Cleveland OVI attorney near you.
You may contact the attorney directly, or he will get back to you within two business days.
If you cannot afford an attorney, you should contact the Cuyahoga County public defender to find out if you qualify for free legal representation. If you do not, you need to continue searching for a private Cleveland DUI lawyer.
Meeting with Cleveland OVI Lawyers
The key to finding the right attorney is in the interview you conduct before you hire one. Most DUI lawyers in Cleveland are willing to meet you to introduce themselves and learn about your situation. This first meeting is called an initial consultation.
You can accomplish a lot at an initial consultation. You can:
- Learn about the attorneys’ experience representing other Cleveland clients with OVI charges
- Get some feedback on your options and discuss possible strategies
- Determine whether this is someone you want representing you
You can use your time wisely at an initial consultation if you come prepared. Cleveland DUI attorneys will appreciate it if you bring with you your bail papers, any paperwork the police may have given you and any other documents you have that detail your charges and your next court appearance date.
Also, take some time to think of some questions you’d like to ask. Write them down and make sure you pack them as well, along with some writing material to record the answers and any notes you want to take.
As you answer any questions the Cleveland OVI lawyers may have for you, do not hold anything back. You enter into an attorney-client relationship with each attorney you meet with at an initial consultation. Even if you end up hiring a different attorney, strict confidentiality rules will keep the Cleveland DUI lawyers you meet from divulging anything you say to the authorities.
Choosing a Cleveland DUI Lawyer
When you have finished meeting with the Cleveland DUI lawyers on your list, it’s time to choose one. If you only met with one, but he met all of your qualifications, your search is over.
If you’re torn between two or more attorneys, ask them for the names and numbers of former clients. Call the clients, and ask them the same kind of questions listed above for friends who may have hired a Cleveland DUI attorney in the past.
This real-world feedback should be just what you need to determine the best Cleveland DUI lawyer for you. Once you have found him, hire him. You’re now ready to face your charges in court.