How to Hire a Houston DWI Lawyer
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a serious offense. If you’ve been arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI), you’re going to need a Houston DWI lawyer. We can help you find one.
Just as the police explained to you at the time of your arrest, if you cannot afford an attorney, the court can provide you one. In Harris County, the judge will consider your financial situation and if you qualify a private attorney will be appointed to represent you at no charge.
However, you won’t play a part in deciding which attorney is assigned to you. You must accept whomever the judge assigns you.
DWIs are also known as driving under the influence (DUI), operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI) and operating under the influence (OUI). Whatever they’re called, the stakes are high. Houston DUI penalties include fines, possible jail time, loss of your driver’s license and the installation of an ignition interlock device on your car.
If you do not qualify for free legal services, you must look for a Houston DWI attorney. But if you follow our steps, you can find the right attorney for you.
Finding a Houston DWI Lawyer
Ask around your family members and friends to see if they have ever hired a Houston DWI lawyer. If they have, ask them:
- Did your attorney fight hard for you?
- Was your attorney well versed in Houston DWI laws?
- Was your attorney patient with your questions?
- Would you hire your attorney again if you needed one?
If your friends do not have any recommendations for you – or you’d rather not tell them about your recent arrest – you have another source in Attorneys.com. We offer a service that can connect you with a Houston DWI lawyer near you.
When you’re ready, give us a ring at 1-877-913-7222 or fill out the short form on this website. We’ll have just a few questions for you. Then, whether you are in Willowbrook or Westchase or any other part of the city, we’ll forward you the name and contact of at least one DWI lawyer near you.
Feel free to call the lawyer directly, or the lawyer will get back to your within two business days.
Preparing to Meet with a Houston DWI Lawyer
Before you decide to hire a lawyer, you should take the time to meet him. Fortunately, many DWI lawyers in Houston are willing to talk with you briefly in a meeting called an initial consultation. These meetings are often free of charge, so you should definitely take the lawyers up on this offer.
If you use your time wisely at an initial consultation, you can learn about a lawyer’s experience, discuss your legal options, find out how much the lawyer costs and determine whether this is an attorney you want to employ.
Consider what questions you would like to ask the Houston DWI lawyer. Write them down and bring them with you. Also bring some extra paper and a pen so you can take notes.
To help the attorney better assess your situation, bring with you:
- Your bail papers
- Any paperwork that states your charges and court date
- A copy of the police report, if you have it
- Any other paperwork the police may have given you
Meeting with a Houston DWI Attorney
Possible strategies are unique to each case. For example, you may have some DWI defenses if the Houston police officers used field sobriety tests, an alcohol breathalyzer or witness testimony. Discuss this with the attorneys you meet.
The attorneys will likely have many questions for you. Answer them honestly. The attorneys will not report anything you say to the authorities. DWI lawyers in Houston are bound by strict confidentiality rules. Even if you hire someone else, every lawyer you meet at an initial consultation can be trusted.
Don’t forget to ask about the lawyers’ legal fees. You may even be able to negotiate a better rate. However, you can only do this before you agree to hire a lawyer. So the initial consultation is the perfect time to have this conversation.
Selecting a Houston DWI Lawyer
Compare the lawyers you’ve met when it comes to experience, advice and legal fees. Consider also your feelings about them. Which one engendered the most confidence in you? Which one do you find most trustworthy?
If you’re still not sure which Houston DWI lawyer to hire, ask your top candidates for the names of some former clients. Ask the same kind of questions you asked friends who have used a DWI lawyer in the past. Their first-hand feedback should help you determine the very best Houston DWI lawyer for you.
Now that you’ve found your attorney, you can face your charges, attorney at your side.