We offer a free DUI consultation because the most important decision you will make in defending your case will be hiring the right DUI attorney. Here is a common sense guide to making the most of your time.
You should walk out of your free DUI consultation confident in the knowledge that you have spoken to someone who has real experience defending DUI cases. Ask the following and, if you don’t get straight answers, get up and leave: Have you ever tried a DUI case to a jury? Have you ever tried a felony DUI case? Have you ever tried a “test” case (a case where the person blew into a breath machine)? Have you ever tried a “refusal” case (a case where the person refused to blow into a breath test machine)? Have you ever tried a DUI case in federal court? Have you ever argued cases involving dentures? Have you ever argued a case involving AMBIEN sleep medication? Have you ever represented doctors? Dentists? Pilots? Paramedics? Athletes? Military Personnel? How many DUI Motions to Suppress have you done? Have you ever done a motion or trial in the court where I will appear?
Have the attorney explain in detail what each step in the DUI court process will be like. Have your attorney explain what he or she will be doing at each stage and what will be required of you at each stage. This is also a good way of determining what level of communication you can expect from your attorney and how your attorney approaches the problems in your case. Have the attorney explain what possible defenses he or she will raise. Ask how the attorney what his or her philosophy is regarding pre-trial hearings. Ask what his or her negotiation philosophy is based upon, what books they have read about negotiation and how they will approach the negotiation in your case. Ask how the decision to go forward on a motion to suppress will be made. If the attorney won’t (or can’t) explain things easily to you, why should you expect them to communicate well with a jury.
Here are some common-sense questions to determine what you will be charged for:
- Will you be charged a flat fee or will you pay a retainer fee and have an open-ended bill?
- Will your attorney be incentivized to keep the case going on longer?
- Will your attorney be incentivized to take any plea just to end the case?
- Will you be charged copy fees, filing fees, paralegal fees, or any other fees on top of your bill?
- Will you be billed monthly, weekly or all at once?
- Does the fee include the costs of a trial?
- Does the fee include the costs of an appeal?
- Does the fee include representation on case-related issues after the case is over (driver’s license issues)?
Do not hire an attorney that promises outcomes or implies that they are the only lawyer who could handle your case. You know better! All that ethical counsel can promise is their best effort at defending you. Some lawyers, through hard work, may be in a better position to recognize issues in your DUI case. No lawyer will win all their cases, but you can’t win issues you don’t know exist. Hire the person who is best situated to be your guide. As the old cowboys used to say, “he’ll do to ride the river with.” Like all relationships, you will know when it is right. Rely on your judgment and experience and trust your instincts. You will know whether or not you have made a good decision.
We hope this article will help you make the most of your free DUI consultation.
Attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in the Miami Valley and throughout Ohio. He has the credentials and the experience to win your case and has made himself Dayton’s choice for drunk driving defense. Contact Charles Rowland by phone at (937) 318-1384 or toll-free at 1-888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263). If you need assistance after hours, call the 24/7 DUI Hotline at (937) 776-2671. You can have DaytonDUI at your fingertips by downloading the DaytonDUI Android App or have DaytonDUI sent directly to your mobile device by texting DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500. Follow DaytonDUI on Facebook, @DaytonDUI on Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Pheed and Pintrest or get RSS of the Ohio DUI blog. You can email CharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.com or visit his office at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324. “All I do is DUI defense.”
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