How can I find a qualified drunk driving lawyer?
The best way to find a good DUI/DWI lawyer is by reputation. There are a few attorneys who have national reputations; these, of course, are expensive. Thus, the best approach is to ask other attorneys in the jurisdiction: Who is the best in the area? If you do not know any attorneys, go to the local courthouse and ask bailiffs, clerks and public defenders: Who would THEY go to if arrested for drunk driving?
Contrary to popular belief, it is not a wise idea to obtain a referral from the local Bar association or referral service. There are rarely any qualifications required for an attorney to be on a referral list; he usually only has to ask to be placed on it. When you call, you are simply given the next name on that list.
An excellent indication of quality and experience is membership in the National College for DUI Defense. Completion of that organization's intensive three-day seminar presented at Harvard Law School every year is another clear sign of expertise. Board-certification by the College, however, is the highest level of recognition.
When you meet with the attorney, make sure of three things:
Caution: Beware of lawyers claiming to be experts in the field who simply refer you to other "top DUI lawyers" and who then receive a fee from those lawyers.
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