Here are 5 tips for finding the best DUI lawyer to get you the best outcome from your DUI case.
- These 5 tips are legit (I’m an experienced lawyer).
- These are the tips I’ve given over the years to family, friends and contacts when asked about finding a great lawyer.
- Without exception, my contacts always thank me for sharing these 5 tips.
Tip #1 – Experience
Choose a Lawyer that has experience with DUI charges.
- DUI is a serious charge with severe consequences.
- DUI charge is technical in nature, and opportunities to get the best outcome often lie in the fine details of your case.
- It’s been my experience that lawyers who are not experienced with DUI cases may miss those small details that can make the difference in winning or losing your case.
Tip #2 – Existing Relationship with the Crown
Your DUI case will be handled in the courts by a Crown whose job is to convict you.
- That Crown is different in every court. And every Crown has different nuanced ways of handling cases.
- For example, your fact situation may be handled differently in Court A vs Court B.
- When you get a Lawyer with a relationship with the Crown, that Lawyer will know how the Crown will likely move ahead with your case.
- By understanding your specific case and how the Crown operates, the Lawyer will be better prepared to formulate a strategy to get the best outcome for your case.
Tip #3 – Low Fees Are Red Flags
If a Lawyer is offering you a much lower fee than other Lawyer’ fees, you should be concerned.
- Generally, there is a “market price” for Lawyers that deal with DUI charges. And, that market price will likely vary depending on several factors about your case.
- However, if you find a DUI lawyer who will take a lot less of your money than other lawyers, that is a huge red flag.
- Although you may save a bit of money, I would worry whether the Lawyer can get you the best result for your case. And the answer to that question is most likely no.
Tip #4 – Does it “feel right.”
All good DUI Lawyers will give you a free consultation. And after you have your meeting, ask yourself:
- Does the Lawyer make sense?
Ultimately, use your gut feeling and make sure there’s a right fit between your needs and how the Lawyer will represent you.
Tip #5 – Google Reviews
Google reviews matter. Every Lawyer I know tries to get Google reviews from their clients. So before you retain, check online:
- Does the Lawyer have Google reviews? If they are experienced, then they will have Google reviews. If they don’t have a lot of reviews, then that is potentially a red flag.
- Read those Google reviews. Do they make sense? This is important because some unethical Lawyers will buy “fake reviews.” And, reading those reviews may give you a sense of whether those reviews are real or not.