What Questions Should I Ask when hiring a DUI Defense Attorney in Phoenix, AZ?
by Aaron Black • December 26, 2019
Many driving under the influence defense attorneys in Phoenix, AZ, including myself, provide a free, no-obligation consultation to assess a prospective client’s situation with the strict DUI laws in Arizona.
Asking key questions during the consultation will help to ensure you have the right legal representation to achieve the best possible result. Your freedom and finances depend on making a good choice. And it’s okay to interview more than one DUI defense attorney before making your choice.
Attorney referrals can come from family and friends, and if that isn’t working you can research DUI Lawyers-Online such as the following. These sites can offer insight to their experience and legal capabilities.
How do I find an Attorney in Phoenix, AZ?
Legal ConsultationsConsultations can be in person or during a confidential telephone call depending upon the circumstances involved. This is a crucial meeting so it’s best to prepare a list of questions beforehand to ensure you don’t forget to ask something.
Be sure to have any paperwork related to your case handy for review to help the attorney so that they have good information to start the legal assessment and what your options are.
During and after your consultation ask yourself the following questions.
- Do I like this person?
- Do I trust this person?
- Am I comfortable talking to this person?
- Are there any red flags?
What Questions Should I ask when hiring an Attorney?The questions you ask will serve to give you a sense of the attorney’s experience in DUI cases.
- What law school did the lawyer attend?
- Why did the lawyer choose to concentrate on practicing DUI defense law?
- Does the lawyer practice in other areas of criminal law?
- Ask how long the lawyer has been defending DUI cases in Arizona and what’s the attorney’s win, dismiss, loss record is in cases similar to yours.
- Is the defense attorney a former prosecutor or a public defender?
- If your case has been assigned to a specific prosecutor ask if the defense attorney is familiar with that particular prosecutor.
How Much Does it Cost to Hire an Attorney?Don’t hesitate to ask about the attorney’s fees. Less experienced defense attorneys may charge less than more seasoned lawyers.
- Ask how much the attorney will charge to handle your case start to finish
- Do you charge a flat fee or by the hour?
- What are the billing options, such as an initial fee to begin the case followed by regular payments and how often are payments required?
- How much extra will it cost for hiring an expert witness to refute the state’s evidence, for re-testing blood and other expenses that may come into play?
- Will you use a paralegal or a legal assistant in my case and if so what is the going rate for this assistance?
- Discuss with the attorney what their DUI defense strategy would be in regards to your particular case
Communicating with your AttorneyStaying in close communication with your DUI Defense Attorney in Phoenix is important to your case as it moves through Arizona’s criminal court procedures. The attorney, or yourself, may need to connect at various important times such as court dates.
Ask how the attorney you’re interviewing stays in contact with clients. Will you be talking to the attorney directly or will a paralegal or someone else be handling most communications?
Potential Outcomes for a DUI CaseThat question is top of mind to every criminal defendant and the answer depends on how well the defense can challenge the state’s evidence.
Each case has a unique set of facts and circumstances that impact the result of the case. There are many variables, such as selecting jurors, a crucial step in going to trial.
If you’re facing a strong case, the defense, with the defendant’s permission, may enter into negotiations to reduce the seriousness of the charge in exchange for a guilty plea to the lesser offense with reduced penalties.
For example, a first-time DUI defendant in certain situations may be able to plead guilty to a “wet reckless” charge, meaning some amount of alcohol was involved. This charge has more lenient penalties and fines than a DUI, and a DUI won’t be on your record.
Free, Legal ConsultationIf you or someone you know has been charged with a DUI, I encourage you to learn about your legal rights and prospects.
Contact Phoenix, AZ DUI Defense Attorney Aaron Black for a free, legal consultation or call (480) 729-1683. I believe that good people sometimes can find themselves in bad situations. My line is open 24 hours a day including weekends and holidays.
I’ll respond promptly unless I’m in court. I defend criminal charges filed in Arizona’s justice, municipal, state, and federal courts.