FAQs - Picking a DUI Lawyer
How Do DUI Lawyers Work? How Can a DUI Lawyer Help?
The job of a DUI lawyer is to counsel you through the case and try to provide the best possible outcome given the facts and the law. Ultimately, many of the choices in the case are yours, like the choice to go to trial or take a plea. Your lawyer will provide you guidance on how best to proceed and likely outcomes of your various choices.
A DUI lawyer will speak for you at court hearings, talk to the prosecutor in your case, review all of the disclosure in your case (all police reports, video, and blood or breath test results), and if needed, will conduct their own investigation. A DUI lawyer will know what a “standard” plea agreement is (if it is available in your case), and what outcomes are possible, whether or not your case goes to trial. They will also be able to spot potential issues in your case, and will submit appropriate motions to the court, and argue these issues to the judge on your behalf.
DUI lawyers can also provide you with information about the various consequences of a DUI conviction. DUIs can impact employment, ability to drive, ability to travel, immigration, and more.
How Do I Choose A DUI Lawyer?
There are many things to consider when searching for the right DUI lawyer for you. You may want to choose a lawyer who specializes in DUI and/or criminal defense law. You may want to check a lawyer’s rating and reviews on online sites such as www.avvo.com or www.superlawyers.com. There are many websites that can provide you with an idea of how former clients or other lawyers rate an attorney. When selecting a lawyer, you should also consider their rates (cost) and what services they will provide for their fee. You should always meet or talk to the lawyer before making a decision. You should only a hire a lawyer that you like and trust after meeting with him or her.
How Much Do DUI Lawyers Cost?
Another big factor for most clients looking for a DUI attorney is price. Many lawyers offer a flat-rate for misdemeanor DUI cases, which in Tucson can range from approximately $2,500 - $15,000. This rate does not include the cost of a trial, if your case does proceed to that stage. It is important for you to know that the price a lawyer charges does not necessarily indicate how good an attorney is. Some DUI lawyers charge low rates and deliver the exact same results as the highest priced attorneys. Most DUI lawyers in Tucson offer free consultations, so you can often meet with attorneys to find the one that is right for you and your situation.