When you are charged with a DUI you have a lot at stake. This includes your criminal record, driver’s license, reputation, and even your freedom. You need an experienced lawyer with specialized training. DUI law is always changing with new case law, scientific testing devices, and law enforcement training continually coming out.
When choosing the best attorney to defend you, you should consider the following credentials.
National College of DUI defense
Members of this College are some of the most experienced DUI lawyers in the United States. This is an invite-only non-profit with the goal of improving criminal defense and educating the public about the specialized law practice of DUI law.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Certification
Lawyers who have completed this training are certified to administer and interpret the standard field sobriety tests to NHTSA standards. Less than 1% of attorneys have this specialized training. This is the same program that law enforcement uses. This certification requires 21 hours in the classroom to be training on the HGN test, the walk and turn test, and the one leg stand test.
Science of Breath Testing Course Certificate
Lawyers who have completed this course have spent time working with the same equipment the police use to administer breath tests to individuals suspected of driving under the influence.
American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys
Members of this organization have obtained advanced level training on strategies to win DUI cases at trial as well as being able to successfully resolve the case before trial. These members have specialized resources and tools to help them review and win DUI cases. Only a small number of attorneys have access to these resources which include law enforcement testing protocols, manuals, and validation studies.
National Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Trial Lawyers
This is an invite-only organization made up of the premier trial lawyers from each region or state who have met strict qualifications as criminal defense attorneys. Selection is based on an objective and uniformly applied process which includes third-party research and peer nominations. Membership is only extended to a few of the most qualified lawyers in each region or state that have demonstrated high caliber qualifications of reputation, leadership, influence, public promise, and stature.
Attorneys are selected for this designation by a patented multiphase selection procedure. Independent research is combined with evaluations and peer nominations. Every candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of professional achievement and peer recognition. Selections are made per state annually. The goal is to credit a comprehensive, credible, and diverse listing of superior lawyers that can be used as a resource for other attorneys and consumers looking for legal representation. Superlawyers limits the rating to those attorneys that are available to be hired by the general public.
What else to consider when hiring a DUI attorney
Client Reviews: Do some research. A simple web search will show attorney reviews. Past clients who have left reviews are generally the best resource available to someone looking for an attorney. Reviews that focus on trial results, law knowledge, and client communication should be preferred.
Attorney Endorsements/Results: Most lawyers know the best in their business just like you know the best in your business. If you know an attorney that doesn’t practice DUI defense, contact them and ask for a referral. If you don’t happen to know any attorneys, do some research, there are tons of websites which have attorney reviews from other attorneys.
Top things to look for when hiring a DUI lawyers
Common Sense: You will be working with your lawyer on your case for months. You want to like your attorney as they are the only person on your side. You want to work with someone you trust, and who has patience and listens to you. Trusting your attorney makes it easier to make decisions vital to your case down the road and you won’t second guess yourself after its all said and done. If your lawyer has patience you will get a complete answer to your questions. If your lawyer listens to you, they will have a more rounded understanding of your case which will help them better defend your case.