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Questions to Ask Before You Hire a DUI Defense Lawyer
November 26, 2020 at 10:30 PM
Always do your homework before hiring a DUI defense lawyer.

Facing charges for a DUI in California is overwhelming and stressful. You might think the best way to get over it is simply pleading guilty so you can get on with your life. But passionate attorneys are out there who successfully defended people in your exact position, every day. You may be able to beat the charge if you hire an experienced DUI defense lawyer.

Not all defense lawyers are the same. Some may not have specific DUI experience. It’s essential to do some homework and hire a lawyer who’s best suited to your case. There are some critical questions you should ask before you hire a DUI defense lawyer.

What’s your DUI defense background?

The more experience your lawyer has with your kind of case, the better your chances for a positive outcome. Some follow-up questions you should ask:

  • How many DUI cases do you handle in a year?
  • How often do you take cases to trial?
  • How many cases do you win?

I’ve earned an impressive record in Northern California over the 20 years I’ve been practicing law for not-guilty verdicts, minimized charges, and even having charges dismissed.

What kind of special training do you have for DUI cases?

Criminal defense attorneys don’t all have the same familiarity with DUI cases. Additional questions to ask a DUI defense lawyer:

  • Have you been on a police ride-along?
  • Have you done the Standardized Field Sobriety Test Courses?
  • What’s the experience of your staff?

My specific focus has been DUI defense for the past two decades, and I’ve learned never rush to a plea. My team includes private investigators, forensic toxicologists, and police procedure experts dedicated to getting evidence thrown out or overturned.

What are my potential outcomes?

In California, 150,000 people face DUI convictions every year, but 25 percent of those people successfully fight the charges in court. Ask your defense lawyer if they’re committed to a successful outcome in your case. Be sure to ask:

  • Should we go to trial?
  • How can you help my case in particular?
  • How many cases do you accept pleas deals in?

I never go for a plea deal until I exhaust every other possibility for a successful defense. I have a proven record as a Sacramento, CA DUI defense lawyer who gets their clients’ results.

What are your fees?

You should always know what a defense will cost before you hire a DUI defense lawyer. There are several costs associated with criminal defense. You should feel comfortable asking a lawyer precisely what they’ll bill you for before hiring them. Some essential questions to ask:

  • Is there a minimum initial payment or retainer?
  • Do you bill by the hour, or is there a set fee?
  • Do you charge me for travel time or mileage?
  • Do you offer payment plans?
  • When do you schedule appointments? Are nights and weekends billed the same?

Give Taxman DUI Defense a call when you’re ready to hire a lawyer.

We’re tenacious and committed to a successful outcome for your DUI case. From the moment you get in touch with my team, we’ll devote our experience and know-how to getting your case dismissed, a not-guilty verdict, or a lesser charge. We’ll never take a plea deal as a first option.

My reputation in Northern California is for positive outcomes in DUI cases. I’ll work hard so you can join the 25% of Californians who beat their DUI charges. Remember never to plead guilty, and I’ll fight for your constitutional rights.

Give my team a call at 916-619-7200 to talk to someone directly, or fill out our online form to get us started working on your case today.