Before you hire an Ann Arbor DUI attorney, you should review his or her qualifications to ensure that you receive the best legal representation possible. For example, you should inquire about the attorney's drunk driving defense experience and whether the attorney has been successful in obtaining a reduction in charges or case dismissal for his or her clients.
Drunk Driving Attorney Plea Bargain Experience
During your drunk driving case, you may be presented with the opportunity to negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecutor. A plea bargain occurs when you or your attorney bargains with the prosecutor to receive a lesser drunk driving offense than the one you were initially charged with, or to receive a particular sentence/penalty. In exchange, you will agree to plead guilty pursuant to the agreement your attorney obtains for you.
An experienced drunk driving attorney will be able to review all the evidence presented in your case and provide you with solid legal advice regarding whether or not it is in your best interest to accept or reject a plea deal. The attorney should be able to present you with multiple outcomes for different scenarios regarding the sentencing and penalties you may face if you accept or decline a plea deal and take your case to trial. There should be no "surprises" left on the table regarding plea bargaining in your case.
DUI Attorney Trial Experience
When you are interviewing an attorney to possibly represent you, you should ask about his or her trial experience. Though most DUI charges settle before proceeding to trial, you should obtain counsel who has experience litigating drunk driving cases in court. You do not want to go to trial with an inexperienced attorney with no drunk driving trial experience.
I have over 30 years of experience litigating all kinds of cases including many drunk driving cases as a prosecutor and defense attorney. Because of my background in both the civil and criminal arenas, I have tried more cases than the average attorney. I have also had many great results. And, I know the repercussions that can result if a person goes to trial with an inexperienced and/or unprepared attorney. It is important to ask the attorney what his or her trial record is and the techniques he/she uses to assert a thorough defense on behalf of his or her clients. Never retain an attorney who does not have DUI trial experience when you are facing serious drunk driving charges in Washtenaw County.
The outcome of your drunk driving case will surely depend on the type of evidence the prosecutor and your defense attorney gather. You need to hire an attorney who has superb investigative and analytical skills. An experienced attorney will know what type of professionals to consult with to obtain expert advice (if needed) to help combat the prosecutor's claims. You need an attorney who can review police reports and thoroughly analyze any weakness in the report which the prosecutor will be relying on to convict you. The bottom line is that you need to gather as much information as possible on how the attorney will go about defending the charge(s) asserted against you.
Finally, you also want to obtain an attorney who will keep you informed about your case and be with you every step of the way. Drunk driving charges and convictions can have a serious impact on your life and costs thousands of dollars in addition to you possibly serving time in jail. If you have been arrested for drunk driving in Washtenaw County, contact Ann Arbor DUI defense attorney Stacey Washington for legal advice.