Milford MA, Criminal Defense – Criminal Defense Lawyer Sergey Mikhlin

Selecting a DUI Attorney
What Should You Look for When Hiring a DUI defense counsel?

#1 Does the lawyer specialize in DUI defense?

DUI defense is one of the most complicated and complex areas of criminal law. The lawyer must not only be a good criminal defense lawyer, but they must also have a good working knowledge of all of the chemical testing devices used in the case, principles of toxicology, and well as an understanding of auto dynamics and highway design. A DUI specialist will also have ready access to various experts in related fields, such as accident reconstruction, neurology, pharmacology, etc.

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#2 Is the lawyer well-regarded in the field of DUI defense?

A good DUI lawyer does not need to be a nationally recognized expert in DUI defense in order to be recognized as a quality DUI specialist in his local legal community. After all, each state has its own laws, standards and procedures related to defending OUI cases. So, if the lawyer you are considering hiring is a well-regarded member of the local defense bar, who is respected by his peers for his knowledge and expertise, then you are on the right track.

#3 Can the lawyer provide the best representation at a fee you can afford?

There are different categories of lawyers who practice DUI defense. There are some attorneys, who label themselves as “nationally recognized experts” in the field of DUI defense and charge exorbitant amounts of money for their services.

Then there are excellent criminal defense lawyers, who handle a wide variety of criminal matters, including DUI cases. These lawyers, in my opinion, bring even more to the table than those who strictly do OUI defense. This is so, because at the end of the day, no DUI case is the same, just like no criminal case is the same, and the more diversified exposure a lawyer gets, the more prepared he or she is to handle whatever curveballs a criminal trial may bring about. So, these OUI lawyers are also very good and their fees are likely to be less than those charged by the “national experts” mentioned above.

Finally, there are lawyers who handle DUI cases to supplement their other practice areas. Generally, this is a category of private lawyers, who are not sufficiently equipped to handle a DUI case, especially if it goes to trial. Their fees will probably be lower, but in all likelihood, you will be asked to take some sort of a plea deal and forego fighting your DUI case at an often time-consuming trial.

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#4 How can I find the best DUI defense lawyer?

It all boils down to: Who is the best lawyer for you. There are few considerations that should guide your decision. How will a DUI conviction affect your life? Can you afford to lose your license for any length of time? Will a conviction impact your job or, maybe, your immigration status? How much money can you afford to pay for your defense?

In addition to finding a lawyer with a good reputation and experience, you should also be comfortable with them on a personal level. If you are experiencing a feeling of mistrust or dislike, you should probably stay away from forming a professional relationship with that individual.

It is never a bad idea to ask a lawyer you may know to recommend a good DUI lawyer to you. A lawyer may be familiar with another lawyer and his work through a membership in the same bar association or another legal organization. Consider the lawyer’s experience and credentials. Do your own research and evaluation.