Questions to Ask Before You Hire a DUI Lawyer

“How many cases have you
taken to jury trial?”

This is a crucial question that helps you immediately identify whether your lawyer is a courtroom veteran or someone who pleas out every Tampa DUI case that they handle.

THE TRUTH is that not every Tampa DUI case goes to trial. In fact, most of them won’t. But, if you need to go to trial in order to get the outcome you desire, then it will be imperative that your Tampa DUI defense attorney has a significant amount of jury trial experience.

Ask your lawyer how many cases they’ve taken to trial, and whether they served as the lead trial lawyer, or if they were in a backup role.

There’s no magic number of trials that your lawyer should have taken to verdict, but obviously, the more courtroom experience they possess, the better.

One reason why trial experience is important when selecting your lawyer is because it’s a good indicator of whether or not they’re willing to really fight your case all the way.

Another reason why trial experience is important is because prosecutors will sometimes make better plea offers if they know that your attorney isn’t bluffing when he or she says, “Set it for trial.”

The courthouse community is a small community, so most prosecutors will know your lawyer’s reputation for going to trial (or not). If your attorney never goes to trial, the prosecutor knows that they can make a harsher plea offer, because your lawyer will fold up on the day of trial and convince you to take whatever plea offer the government offers.

But, if your Tampa DUI lawyer has a reputation for taking cases to trial (and winning), then the prosecutor may be more likely to give you a better plea offer, especially if your case is one that’s “on the bubble” between a reckless driving plea or a plea to DUI.

Elliott Wilcox has extensive courtroom experience, having served as the lead trial lawyer in nearly 200 criminal jury trials, as well as countless non-jury trials. To give you an idea of how significant that number is, understand that most trial lawyers can go their entire career without trying even 20 cases to verdict. If your Tampa DUI case needs to go to trial, you can rest assured that you'll be represented by an attorney who knows his way around the courtroom and understands the dynamics of successfully presenting courtroom cases.

To contact a DUI attorney with the trial experience to help you with your Tampa DUI case, call (813) 940-4300 TODAY.

NEXT STEP: Schedule an Appointment to Discuss Your Case

If you’ve been arrested for DUI, no matter how bad the case looks, do NOT plead guilty without talking to a lawyer specializing in DUI defense. It may be possible to get your charges reduced (maybe even dismissed), but you’ll never know unless you talk to a DUI expert.

DUI cases are serious, with penalties harsher penalties than many felony cases. Additionally, the “hidden cost” of DUI insurance can easily easily cost you $30,000, $40,000, even $50,000! (Good news: You can avoid almost all of that if your DUI lawyer gets the DUI dropped or reduced!)

Many of the issues in DUI cases are extremely time sensitive, so you must act quickly.

If you want your best chance of avoiding a DUI, call an experienced Tampa DUI attorney today.

Tampa DUI Attorney Elliott Wilcox has handled thousands of DUI cases. A member of the National College for DUI Defense, a founding member of the DUI Defense Lawyers Association, and a life member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Elliott's practice is dedicated exclusively to helping drivers accused of Driving Under the Influence (DUI). To talk with Elliott about your available options to continue driving and avoiding a DUI, schedule a phone appointment or call (813) 940-4300 today!

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Tampa, Florida 33602

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