Five Tips for Choosing a DWI Lawyer
Posted by rlkugel at June 9th, 2014
Choosing a lawyer to represent you is a major decision
one that should not be made lightly or just based on flashy
advertising. Here are some questions to ask:
1) How Much of Your Practice is Devoted to DWI Defense?
*DWI is an intricate and highly scientific area of practice
just doing one or two DWI cases now and again may not be
enough to get you the best outcome in your case.
2)Can you Beat My Case?
*Beware of any attorney who doesn’t answer this honestly.
It is unethical for an attorney to promise or guarantee results.
Not to mention, there is no way an attorney can definitively know
this answer in advance. A lawyer should give you a sense of the best and
worst case scenarios and be able to outline some strategy for defending
your case, but they cannot tell you for certain what the outcome will be.
3) Do You Have a System for Getting Client’s
Questions Answered Quickly?
*Sometimes you can leave voicemail after voicemail
and never get your lawyer on the phone. A firm can be too
big, such that your lawyer handles hundreds of clients..or it
can be too small such that the lawyer has to be everything from
receptionist, to janitor…and may not have the time to chat.
In my office, we have a client services coordinator who will
be able to answer many of your questions right away. If
your question requires speaking to an attorney directly
a phone call will be scheduled to avoid the phone tag that
usually results. We try very hard to have any phone call returned
within twenty four hours.
4) Do You Actually Try Cases?
*Some attorneys who handle DWIs will charge low fees
but have no intention of fighting these cases. They may not
look into whether you have defenses in your case, they may
believe that DWIs cannot be won. Whatever the reason, make sure
you are getting someone who is willing to fight for you!
5) Do You Charge More for Motions, Trial, More than
Ten Hours of Work, More Than One Court Appearance?
*Attorneys that handle DWIs have different methods of billing
clients. Some charge hourly others work on a sort of ladder basis where
the price increases as more work is done or court appearances
are made. In my office we charge flat fees that cover you for the
duration of the case. We accept payment plans as well. Whether your case
takes one court appearance or twelve…..you know you’re covered.
If you haven’t done so already claim your FREE DWI Defense Strategy Session
(973)854-0098 * (212)372-7218 * Kugellaw@gmail.com
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