Before calling any DUI Lawyer you should research their name online through Google, etc. and their personal web site if possible. You want to know if they are experienced in handling DUI cases or do they usually handle other types of legal matters. Obviously, you only want to talk to a DUI Attorney that handles many DUI’s. That is the only way to be sure that he or she stays constantly updated with Indiana DUI law. Also, try to find out what type of training they have had. Was he or she a Prosecutor before moving to defense work?
How Dedicated is Your DUI Lawyer to the Craft?
Is he or she a member of any organization devoted to DUI Defense? Many of these organizations provide training to their members. Remember, you do not want to be represented by a civil attorney who is just picking up a DUI defense case because they figure “how hard can it be?”
Questions to Ask a DUI Lawyer
You should also research DUI Law in your state before calling DUI Lawyers. You can attempt to find the DUI Statutes on your State government web site or use other web resources. When reviewing the DUI Statute from Indiana you should be trying to find out several things.
- Are you facing a mandatory jail sentence?
- How long a sentence?
- Are you facing a mandatory driver’s license suspension?
- Does your state offer a pre-trial diversionary program?
The Benefits of a DUI Pretrial Diversion Program
This is a program that will, generally, allow a first time offender to serve some probation and take classes instead of facing jail time. These programs very often also carry lesser, or no, license suspension. Most importantly, most of these types of programs will result in your DUI charges being dismissed and expunged (meaning you will have NO criminal record as a result).
Always Remember to Ask Your DUI Attorney
Always remember to ask any Lawyer how often they handle DUI cases and what percentage of their practice is taken up by DUI defense.