How to Hire a Dallas DUI Attorney
If you’ve been arrested for a Dallas DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs), you need to prepare for your defense. DUI/DWI charges are serious, and you’ll need the assistance of a Dallas DWI attorney to make sure you’re treated fairly.
The price for Dallas drunk driving can be extreme. The penalties can reach $10,000 and 10 years in jail. There’s too much at stake for you to leave your case to chance. A Dallas DWI attorney can:
- Help you understand your case
- Advise you of your options
- Create a defense strategy for your DUI
Finding a Dallas DUI Attorney
You have the right to have an attorney represent you in court. A public defender is appointed if you can’t afford an attorney on your own. You will need to prove to the court that you can’t afford an attorney, and the court does not approve all requests for a public defender.
If you can afford an attorney, or if your public defender request is denied, you need to find and hire a defense attorney as soon as you can. Often, you can find an attorney by personal recommendation. Ask your friends and family if they’ve hired a Dallas DUI attorney before, or if they know someone who has. If they suggest an attorney, find out more. Ask about:
- The outcome of the case
- Their opinion of the attorney’s strategy and representation
- If they would hire the same attorney again
- If the legal fees were affordable and reasonable
Attorneys.com is another easy and free way to find an attorney. On Attorneys.com you can find a lawyer from Oak Cliff to Addison and across the Dallas metro area, using just a computer or a phone. Visit the Attorneys.com site and fill out the online form, or call 1-877-913-7222. You’ll answer a few questions, and Attorneys.com will connect you with one or more local attorneys. You can call them directly, or the attorneys will get in touch within two business days.
Meeting With a Dallas DUI Attorney
When you have the names of one or more attorneys, call and schedule an initial consultation with each. A consultation is a no-obligation meeting with an attorney. Most attorneys don’t charge for the first meeting, but you should check when you make the appointment.
The meeting lets you meet the attorney, explain the basics of your case and ask questions. You should ask questions that will help you decide if you should hire the attorney. Ask about the attorney’s:
- Experience with Dallas drunk driving cases
- Opinion of your case and the legal approach he would take
- Familiarity with the criminal court, prosecuting attorneys and administrative staff
- Price, including the hourly or flat rate amount, and estimated costs and expenses
Preparation is the key to a successful meeting. Write your questions in advance, be prepared to take notes and bring every document you have regarding your case. This may include:
- Arrest or police reports
- Court letters and communications
- Bail documents
- Any other item that will help the attorney understand your case
Choosing a Dallas DWI Attorney
After you have one or more consultations, you may have found an experienced attorney that’s a good fit for you.
If you haven’t or if you can’t decide between attorneys, you may need to do some more research. Attorneys can provide client references. Contact the attorney and ask if he will put you in touch with some former clients. You can get their opinion of the attorney, find out if they were satisfied and if they’d hire the attorney again. Their opinions can help you decide if you will be satisfied with an attorney.
When you are fully informed and feel confident, contact the attorney of your choice and start your defense.