Having a license to practice law allows a lawyer to practice any type of law; however, it does not necessarily give them the expertise that affords them the ability to do the job correctly.
Our Gwinnett County DUI attorney outlines several points to take into consideration when hiring a lawyer to handle your DUI case. These are not all-inclusive, but they are a good starting point.
1. Don’t hire the cheapest lawyer you find. You get what you pay for!
We certainly are not the cheapest nor are we the most expensive law firm in the metro area; however, our fees are directly proportionate to our experience and expertise. An attorney knows the value of their service. An attorney that quotes a very low fee is telling you that they don’t believe their service is worth very much. This could be because they only dabble in that area of the law or their level of experience with your type of case is scarce at best. Your legal issue is the most important thing going on in your life right now. Don’t go with the budget lawyer; you have no idea what you will end up with.
2. Ask them about their background and trial experience with DUI cases.
An experienced DUI defense attorney should be quick to recite his or her resume. Any trial lawyer can tell you their recent track record, basic facts of those cases, where they got their training from, etc. If you ask an attorney about their last 3 trials they had in front of a jury and they look at you like a deer in headlights, this is not a good sign. You can always count on an experienced lawyer to be ready, willing, and able to brag about their recent successes.
Also, DUI law is a very particular area of the law. Phil Pilgrim used to prosecute these cases and trained law enforcement in DUI detection and enforcement. 70% of his practice is focused on this area of the law. There are many other lawyers that focus on DUI law; however, there are 10x as much that lack the same experience. If they don’t sound like seasoned-experienced DUI lawyers, they probably aren’t.
3. Interview at least three attorneys, even if it is over the phone.
Take your time and speak to several prospective attorneys after doing your own research. Then ask the tough questions. If they start making promises to you in your first conversation about what will happen in your case, they are likely overselling to you to get your money. Talk to as many lawyers as you can but don’t let this process delay hiring a Gwinnett County DUI attorney too long. It is still imperative to hire an attorney as soon as possible to protect all of your legal rights.
4. Make sure your DUI attorney gives you peace of mind.
When hiring a lawyer, it’s not like a normal purchase. You don’t get to walk out with a new electronic device or drive away in a new vehicle. The only thing a lawyer sells you is peace of mind that your issues will be handled. Most people that come into our office carry the burden of their troubles with them because they don’t know what to do or what to expect.
A lawyer should be able to take that a portion of that burden and allow you to rest easy knowing everything is being taken care of. At Carter Pilgrim Stroud, Attorneys at Law, we tell our clients not to worry about their case too much. If there is something for you to worry about, we will call you and tell you to do so. If you are not getting that feeling, leave and do not look back.
Work with experienced DUI attorneys in Gwinnett County. Contact our offices today to schedule your free consultation.