If You Have Been Charged with a DUI…
If you’ve been charged with a DUI offense, then you are facing serious charges that have the ability to impact many areas of your life. Depending on the circumstances of your case; you could be looking at fines, jail time, a loss of other related privileges, and the social fallout related to the stigma attached to this type of conviction.
Without a doubt, you must hire an experienced DUI defense attorney to protect your interests, work toward your innocence, and minimize all impacts to your life.
What to Look for in a DUI Defense Attorney
There are many good DUI defense attorneys in the greater Sacramento area, which means that finding the right one to handle your case should be easy. However, finding the exact right match can actually be challenging. So how do you reach this important decision? Here are some things to consider:
Familiarity with the local court system. Knowing how prosecutors and court officials treat cases can give you a distinct advantage in attempting to negotiate a plea to lesser charges or when to go to trial and when not to go to trial.
Find an attorney who specializes in DUI cases. Criminal law has become so complex that many lawyers now specialize in very particular types of cases. This extends to DUI cases as well.
Find a skilled negotiator. A majority of cases never make it to trial and that means finding an attorney who can negotiate a favorable deal on your behalf is essential.
The personal factor. You and your attorney are going to be a team for the next several months. You stand a better chance of having charges dismissed or reduced if you are able to work closely with your attorney. A good rapport is an important part of the process. In addition, you will also want an attorney who is not only responsive to your inquiries in a timely way, but one who takes the time to explain processes and provide answers in an easy-to-understand dialog.
Joseph P. Hougnon serves clients in Sacramento and other nearby northern California communities.