Arrested for DUI? Three Questions You Need to Ask Your Lawyer
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and/ or alcohol in California, there are some things you should know. First of all, you are not alone. About 472 Californians were arrested for DUI every day in 2012, according to data collected by The Century Council.
After a DUI arrest, there is one thing everyone facing a DUI charge should do: find a DUI defense lawyer with experience and skills to help assist you with your legal options.
Like any important legal decision, choosing the right defense lawyer should be based on thorough research. We are providing you with three important questions to ask a DUI defense lawyer during your consultation. The answers will assist you in making the best decision.
Three questions to ask the lawyer:
1. How much experience do you have representing clients with a DUI case like mine?
Many people may not be aware of this, but some criminal defense attorneys also have an active civil litigation practice. For instance, a law firm may handle DUI cases and personal injury cases. While these type of law firms may have a lot of legal experience, they may not have enough experience with DUI and criminal cases. You want, if possible, work with a lawyer focused on representing clients charged with DUI and other criminal matters.
2. Do I have a strong DUI case?
Keep in mind that without thoroughly investigating your case, an attorney can only speculate about the strength or weakness of your case. However, it is still important to obtain as much information as possible regarding the strength of your case. Make sure to discuss the:
- Potential evidence.
- Strength or weakness of the state’s case against you.
- Magnitude of the DUI charges against you.
3. What are my legal options?
After an arrest, you may feel hopeless and overwhelmed because of the unknown. A skilled DUI lawyer can help you understand all of your legal options regarding your DUI charge. This will help eliminate some of the anxiety that causes you to feel hopeless and overwhelmed. It is possible to get more than more answer to this question depending on how many attorneys you consult. Depending on the circumstance of your DUI arrest, you may have a lot of strong options. For instance, lawyer may negotiate to get the charge reduced or dismissed. You could also go to trial or enter an alcohol and/ or drug diversion program.
Have You Been Arrested for DUI in Los Angeles County? Contact the Law Offices of Jonathan Franklin immediately. At the Law Offices of Jonathan Franklin, we represent a wide range of DUI cases. If you were arrested for DUI, please contact us to schedule a consultation. The consultation is free of charge. We represent clients in Los Angeles County and around Southern California. Call us today to discuss your case and how we can help resolve it so that you can move on with your life.