How To Choose a DUI Attorney
If you have been arrested and charged with a DUI, you are facing legal consequences such as the loss of your driver's license, numerous court appearances, restrictive conditions like an ignition interlock device, and limited personal freedom. Additional collateral consequences include stress, sleep loss, damage to your reputation, an increase in insurance rates, and more.
In my professional experience, judges and prosecutors treat those accused of DUI differently than citizens charged with other crimes. If you have a DUI history, DUI laws require a more severe punishment. Avoiding the worst possible outcome requires that you engage the services of an experienced and dedicated lawyer with a focus on DUI defense.
Use Local DUI Lawyers Who Know the Community
An experienced and qualified DUI defense lawyer will review your case carefully, gather evidence in your favor, recommend experts to work for your defense and testify in court and at Department of Licensing on your behalf, know the opponent prosecutor's style and predispositions, increase the chances of negotiating a lesser charge, and provide many more services. Generally speaking, local DUI lawyers who practice in the court where your charge is filed are more knowledgeable about its procedures. They will also have a good professional relationship with the prosecutors and judges who have a say in your case's ruling. Make sure that you do not overlook or underestimate these important qualities when hiring your DUI defense lawyer.
Don't Base Your Choice on Advertisements
Take the time to meet with several lawyers. Look them in the eye and "interview" them. Don't rely on paid-for ads, sponsored listings, or fancy marketing schemes. Any lawyer or firm can pay for advertising to make them look great.
Experience, dedication, and customer service are the most important qualities in a defense lawyer. Regardless of your choice, if you are uncomfortable with a lawyer at the start of your case, you will be uncomfortable with the result. It's important to find a lawyer who is concerned about you, not just the retainer. Find someone who has been practicing DUI defense almost exclusively. Research the lawyer's reputation by speaking with previous clients. Find out if the lawyer has obtained proven results in similar cases. Another good source of information is Avvo.com or the National College for DUI Defense.
If you need help with a Bellingham DUI, Skagit DUI, Island DUI, or San Juan DUI, contact Jonathan to set up a consultation. Jonathan is a focused and dedicated DUI defense lawyer, ready to help you now. From the moment you call, you will understand why Jonathan has the most client reviews for Washington DUI defense on Avvo.com.