Questions to Ask Before You Hire a DUI Lawyer

“What was the last DUI defense
seminar you attended?”

(“Were you there as a student, or as an instructor?”)

Prosecutors are sharing information and trying to learn everything they can to stay on top of DUI’s and win their case against you. 

You should demand that your lawyer does the same.

Unlike many other areas of the law, DUI defense is not a static area. New and novel DUI defenses arise all the time, and you should expect that your lawyer attends the specialized seminars and continuing legal education programs where these defenses are discussed and explained.

In Florida, there are two major DUI seminars each year. 

The first is the “Masters of DUI” program, sponsored by the Florida Bar. 

The second is the “Blood, Breath and Tears” program, sponsored by the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Both of these programs keep Florida lawyers up-to-date on the latest legal developments and technical advances in DUI defense. 

Neither program requires any type of special credentials to attend, so if your lawyer didn’t go to the seminar or didn’t order the training materials, you should ask them, “Why not?!?”

If you're really looking for a top-notch DUI attorney, you should also ask, “Did you attend the program as a student, or as an instructor?”

Not only have I attended both of the Florida programs every year since 2010, I've also been an instructor (multiple times).

In addition to the Florida programs, your attorney should also belong to a network of DUI defense attorneys (such as the previously mentioned National College for DUI Defense) to stay on top of the latest defenses. 

The College offers several training opportunities each year, including a summer session at Harvard University.

At the Wilcox Law Law Firm, continuing DUI defense education is a priority. Depending on my courtroom schedule, I either attend both programs live, or if I’m trial that week, I'll order the materials to study in the office. 

Over the years I've invested tens of thousands of dollars in continuing DUI defense education programs and materials. 

For example, in a single year, I typically attend the two flagship programs for DUI defense, the National College for DUI Defense’s Summer Program and the “Blood, Breath, and Tears” seminar in Florida. If my schedule often prevents me from attending, I also invest in the materials for the Florida Bar’s “Masters of DUI” program and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ “DWI Means Defend with Ingenuity” seminars.

Investing in DUI defense isn't cheap. That's why a lot of lawyers don't do it.

If the lawyer you're speaking with isn't willing to invest in the tools and training necessary to stay on top of DUI defense, you should ask yourself if you're talking with the right lawyer. 

(For comparison, here is Elliott's DUI Education Credentials)

To contact a Tampa DUI lawyer who attends (and teaches) continuing DUI education every year, 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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