Finding the Best DUI Attorneys

Many people have experienced driving under the influence by having a few drinks at a party and getting into the car to head home thinking that they’re perfectly capable of getting there. When you’re stopped by a police officer on the road and under the influence of alcohol, it doesn’t matter if you’re still perfectly fine to drive, once the cop knows you’ve had a few, you’re in trouble.

When trouble peeks around the corner you need to find the best DUI attorney you can to avoid a hefty fine or jail time, but it’s not as easy as looking a firm up online! Here are some helpful tips.

    1. Don’t take the lawyer’s claim for their competence – any lawyer or attorney can make that claim. They’ve studied the law, of course they’re competent! Competently doesn’t always mean they are specialized, and that’s what you want.
    2. Check the attorneys record & references.  The first place to start is the State Bar of California. There you can enter in the name of any attorney and find out how long they have been practicing, and if they have any negative marks on their record.  Another place to look is Avvo.com.  Avvo is a main source online for people looking for reviews of attorneys.
    3. Make sure that the attorney you’re looking to hire has the knowledge of the methods police officers use to test for drunk driving. You want them to understand every step and procedure, not just the basics! You also want to make sure they’re familiar with devices that some police officers use in the field as your defense could depend on it.
    4. Any DUI attorney you seek should be familiar with the testing performed by the laboratories to determine your blood alcohol content (a measure of how ‘drunk’ you are). Otherwise, they’re not the right attorney.
    5. In the end, just remember that NO attorney can promise you a specific result.  An criminal lawyer might tell you that they know exactly how the case is going to go the first time you two meet but that is impossible. What a good DUI attorney will be able to do however, is tell you on what they think your most likely outcome will be, and how they plan on getting that to happen.

Sometimes we get into unwanted and unwarranted trouble so if you’ve been accused of driving under the influence (DUI or DWI) it might be time to look into hiring a DUI attorney for your defense.  The attorneys at Netzah & Shem-Tov  will promise that they’ll fight for you until all options have been exhausted.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you on your DUI or DWI 818-995-4200.

What to Expect When It Comes To DUI Attorney Fees

What You Should do When Charged with a DUI
If you’re facing a DUI, you need to find a legal practitioner who is experienced with DUIs. A DUI lawyer will usually charge more than other types of lawyers, but that cost comes with a level of expertise you might not normally get.

A DUI is a Large Charge
Although DUIs are officially misdemeanors, unofficially, they are large, major crimes with a public spotlight and a large media showcasing. Juries are usually influenced by what they see on television and can be less understanding of you as a defendant and more likely to ask for a heavier sentence or convict you as guilty.

Don’t go to court alone! It’s a bad move, and it’s one that might see your life ruined with barely a fight put up to stop it. You don’t know the law so you must find someone who does. A DUI attorney is a criminal industry expert, and they know the ins and the outs of the law. They have experience defending people like you, they know how to avoid unnecessary charges or jail time, and they have done all of this before. You think your are knowledgeable when it comes to law, you might think that you can argue as well as any lawyer, but is it worth risking your livelihood just to not pay a DUI attorney? Of course not. That’s not a chance anyone wants to take, and it’s not a chance anyone should ever have to take.

Paying a DUI Lawyer
Someone who specializes in DUI defense will usually require a larger fee than a lawyer who practices different types of law. Their specialization and expertise in the industry is important for you to get through the tough time.

Chances are you’ll be offered one of the two different types of fee agreements from the lawyer. You may pay a flat fee, or you may pay an hourly rate. Whatever the case, you are expected to place an advance payment down, and the remaining fees will be due prior to the verdict, and guilty or innocent, you will owe it.

For a rough rule of thumb, a DUI lawyer in a small town will cost anywhere between $500 and $1,000, whereas a very well known expert – someone who’s hired from state to state – might cost as high as $15,000! In summation, the more proficient the lawyer and the larger the place you are, the higher the fee will be.