With more consumers going online to find attorneys, it can feel overwhelming when searching for a local DUI attorney.
The first thing you probably notice when viewing an attorney’s website is their case “success” stories. Several DUI defense attorney websites tend to have a long list of positive case results, but rarely detail how such results are achieved. For instance, most websites do not detail whether jail time was avoided in lieu of a more lucrative plea deal.
I invite you to read on to learn more about what you should consider when researching DUI attorney qualifications online in the Washtenaw County area.
Hire an Experienced DUI Attorney
I recommend you first review the attorney’s profile to get a sense of who the attorney is and his/her qualifications. Look into how long the attorney has practiced law, the type of cases he/she handles, if he/she prefers to go to always go to trial in lieu of advising his/her clients to accept a reasonable plea deal, and their approach to drunk driving defense. Consider whether the particular attorney will take into account the fact that every client and case is different and may require a different strategy.
Take your time in researching attorneys and invest reasonable resources in obtaining representation. In Michigan, if you are convicted of drunk driving, the criminal offense cannot be expunged from your criminal record. This can impact your career and other areas of your life in the long term. Employ an attorney to help get the charge(s) against you reduced or dismissed entirely.
Read Online Reviews and Ratings
Attorneys sometimes have profiles on popular review websites such as Google Plus, AVVO, Yelp and Manta. Read through the reviews and see what the attorney’s former clients have to say about him/her. Be cautious in relying on the reviews. Unfortunately, some reviews can be exaggerated or completely fake. Some of the ratings may be inflated or not high enough for a particular attorney. So, do not rely on these popular review sites alone.
Review the Attorney’s Blog
Law blogs are a great source to research information pertaining to various topics. Many attorneys post in-depth articles regarding their practice. If you are interested in hiring an attorney, I recommend you explore his/her law blog to see just how educated he/she is about their particular practice area. Does the blog provide basic information about the charge(s) you are facing? Can you tell how experienced the attorney is from reading his/her articles?
Check Social Media Profiles
In addition to reviewing the attorney’s website, I also recommend you check out their social media profiles on LinkedIn, Facebook and other sites to learn more about him/her. Follow the attorney and review the information he/she is sharing with his/her followers. See if the information sheds any insight into the attorney’s practice.
Speak With The Attorney Personally
After reviewing all available information about a particular attorney, speak with the attorney by telephone. You will learn a lot about an attorney’s style and experience through the questions he/she asks you about your situation. In deciding which attorney to meet with and hire for your defense, consider both the attorney’s background and experience level along with your comfort level about how well you will work together.
I invite you to contact me if you or a loved one has been arrested and charged for drunk driving in the Ann Arbor area. I provide DUI legal representation to Washtenaw County residents. Call 734-274-6567 to speak with me directly.