If you have been charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you could be facing the loss of your driver's license, your money, your reputation, and your freedom. Courts do not look kindly on alleged drunk drivers – and even more harshly on people who have previous convictions. If you want to avoid the worst potential outcomes, you will need experienced and dedicated legal guidance. But how do you pick the best lawyer for you?
A qualified Seattle DUI defense lawyer should be able to review your case carefully, gather evidence and expert testimony, negotiate lesser penalties, and more. To discuss what an experienced attorney can do you for, call the Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn Law Firm at 1-866-822-1230.
Finding a Qualified Lawyer
If you are planning to get the name of a good Seattle DUI defense attorney from the local bar association or the Yellow Pages, you may want to think again. Bar associations do not have any qualifications beyond passing the Bar to be listed in their services. And, of course, any lawyer can pay for advertising that makes him or her look great.
Experience and dedication are two of the most important qualities in a defense lawyer. You will want to find someone who has been practicing DUI defense law in Seattle for a long time. It is also preferable to hire an attorney who primarily or exclusively defends DUI cases, to ensure that he or she has enough experience in that field. A good source of information is the National College for DUI Defense.
Another good rule of thumb is to find an attorney with a good reputation. There are many people you can ask for guidance, starting with friends or family members who have been in your situation. Other attorneys and police officers are also good sources of information about the abilities of local lawyers. Try asking who they would hire if they needed excellent legal assistance.
Five Questions to Ask Your Seattle DUI Lawyer
When you are looking for an attorney, you need to ask plenty of questions so you can be sure you are satisfied with the legal assistance you receive. Five particularly important questions are:
- Do you have a lot of experience with DWI law? How many cases have you won and lost in the past?
- Will you have enough time to dedicate to my case? Can you listen to me and address my concerns?
- If I hire you as my attorney, what will the financial arrangements be?
- Are you prepared to go to trial instead of plea bargaining? Do you have a good track record in court?
- Are you confident in your ability to win my case? If so, why?
To speak with a caring, experienced, and knowledgeable Seattle DUI defense attorney, contact the Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn Law Firm at 1-866-822-1230. Our practice is dedicated to the practice of DUI law, and we are ready to help you today.