Questions to Ask Before You Hire a DUI Lawyer

“Do you limit the number of
DUI clients you represent?”

This question will tell you how much time your lawyer will be able to invest in your case and how much work they will do on your case. It will also tell you what category of DUI lawyer you’re working with.

The truth is that DUI lawyers usually fall into one of two categories. 

The first category is “dump truck” lawyers, who can take a little bit of money, usually less than $1000 or $2000, go to court a few times, do hardly any work on your case (sometimes no work at all), and then convince you that it’s in your best interest to plead guilty as charged.

The second category of lawyers are the ones who will pull all of the breath test machine records, file written motions at the DMV hearing, insist on visiting the scene and taking tons of photos, invest 3 or 4 hours watching your 15-minute DUI video, file Motions to Suppress and spend so much time on your case that you think it will drag on forever. These are the guys who spend their spare time reading traffic law books, field sobriety testing manuals, and Intoxilyzer records. Of course, even with one of these lawyers by your side, you might still be convicted of DUI, but if so, it’s only because there really isn’t any other alternative.

The difference between the two types of lawyers isn’t just their skill level. It’s also the number of clients that they accept each month. There’s no magic number of clients your lawyer should handle at one time, but obviously, the more clients they accept each month, the less time they can spend on the only case that matters to you: Yours.

If you’re just looking for someone to hold your hand while you plead “Guilty” to DUI, then go ahead and hire the dump truck lawyer because it won’t matter how many cases they’re handling. They can always squeeze an extra plea date onto their calendar for the couple of thousand bucks you’ll pay them. (In fact, if that’s your plan, you might be better off just saving your money and paying it towards your court costs.) 

But, if you want someone to look at all of your available defenses, so you know for sure you’re not pleading to something you’re not guilty of, then you need to hire the second category of lawyer. Yes, it’s going to be a bigger investment, but unlike the dump truck lawyer, this investment will actually be worthwhile.

To contact a DUI lawyer who strictly limits the number of DUI clients he accepts 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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