The Lawyer Hiring Guide

4708057When you find yourself wrapped up in legal troubles, hiring the right lawyer for the job is your top priority. Not all lawyers are born equal, and not all lawyers are well-versed in the same areas of of law. You have to pick the right lawyer for your unique case in order to have a satisfactory relationship throughout the pendency of your action.

More importantly, choosing the right lawyer could mean the difference between winning or losing your case! So, this is definitely not an area you want to invest little time in. Do your research, ask questions, and ask others who have hired that lawyer before to find out as much information as you can about the lawyer you are about to hire.

The more research you do ahead of time, the better off you’re going to be and the more likely that you’ll be satisfied with your lawyers’ services. So let’s dive in.
The law is very broad, complex, and requires great attention to detail. The study of law requires lots of time, energy, and concentration by the lawyer. Thus, it is very difficult task to be a ‘jack of all trades’ when it comes to law, because there is too much information out there, and we can’t know everything about everything. We’ve all heard that ‘a jack of all trades is a master of none,’ and, naturally, it applies to law as well.

“A jack of all trades is a master of none”

The law is very broad, complex, and requires great attention to detail. The study of law requires lots of time, energy, and concentration by the lawyer. Thus, it is very difficult task to be a ‘jack of all trades’ when it comes to law, because there is too much information out there, and we can’t know everything about everything. We’ve all heard that ‘a jack of all trades is a master of none,’ and, naturally, it applies to law as well.

Nevertheless, it is possible to know everything about some narrow area of law. My focus is geared towards Driving Under the Influence law. Why did I pick that, you ask? Because that is where my passion lies. DUIs carry hefty fines (including a significant rise in insurance rates), possible jail time, and, what I think is most important – driver’s license revocation. In today’s day and age, we need our cars to get to work, to the grocery store, to the bank, etc. It is almost impossible to get by in 2014 America without a personal vehicle. The bus is one alternative, but not a very efficient one.

Another reason why I picked DUIs is because it is one of the most complex areas of law to understand and master, and many lawyers do not know how to adequately handle a DUI matter without fumbling through it. Many clients make the mistake of turning to their family law lawyer, or the one who handles all of their speeding tickets to take care of the DUI stop, and that could prove fatal to their case due to that lawyer’s lack of experience with such a complex area of law. Make no mistake, it does not make their lawyer a bad one. It is simply because the lawyer never studied this particular area of law in depth and such a study is essential to adequately represent the client in court on DUI matters.

The initial lawyer-client meeting is really nothing but a reciprocal interview. The lawyer interviews the client to understand their case better and to determine whether the lawyer is the right person for the job, while the client interviews the lawyer to see if this is the kind of lawyer she wants handling her case and can resolve her legal issue.

Here are some questions to keep in mind before you decide to hire him or her or show up to the initial meeting:

  • Does the lawyer provide a free consultation? If not, how much is the initial consultation?
  • What does the lawyer charge for the type of case you have? Is there room for negotiation?
  • Has the lawyer handled similar cases? When was the last time the lawyer handled a similar case?
  • Does the lawyer focus on a particular area of law, or practices everything across the board?
  • Has the lawyer been investigated or disciplined before by state licensing authorities? If so, for what?
  • Have other clients referred this lawyer?
  • If the lawyer cannot handle your case, can the lawyer provide references to other lawyers?
  • What should you, the client, bring to the first meeting with the lawyer?
  • What are the possible outcomes for your case, including estimates of time and cost? (Sometimes general estimates can be provided by an experienced lawyer.)
  • Who will handle your case as it moves forward? The lawyer you’re meeting with? An associate in the lawyer’s firm? Will you be spending time on the phone with the lawyer’s paralegal most of the time?
  • What’s the lawyer’s current caseload?
  • Does the lawyer have other existing commitments?
  • Will the lawyer have sufficient time to devote to your case?

“Hiring the right lawyer will save you time … and … money”

All of these are questions that you should know the answer to before you hire the lawyer. Failure to ask these questions is the equivalent of kicking yourself in the rear.

Hiring the right lawyer for your case will save you time, energy, and most importantly it will save you money!

For instance, an experienced DUI lawyer may help in the following ways:

  1. Reduce/eliminate jail time;
  2. Eliminate a revoked license;
  3. Reduce the DUI charge to a lesser offense;
  4. Avoid trial with a plea bargain; and/or
  5. Try your case in front of a jury or judge skillfully.

Don’t slack when choosing a lawyer. When it comes to your very important case, it is equally important to make sure your lawyer is the right one for the job. You should thoroughly investigate the lawyer’s background before hiring him or her or paying them anything. This will, again, save you time, energy, and money.

Thanks for reading, and happy hunting.

If you require assistance with a DUI, expungement, traffic ticket, or other criminal charges, please contact me or call me at (502) 931-6788.

Sincerely,

The DUI Guy

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Laurenmaaria
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Really a Good informative post on hiring the Lawyer.

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Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it.

Rachael Sable
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Brilliant piece of information.

Hedley Fulton
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It really is so important that you hire a good lawyer whenever you may be having legal troubles. It can take a lot of time to be able to find a good lawyer that you trust, but it will be worth it in the long run. It is amazing how many great lawyers there are out there to help you with whatever case you may have.

Richard Manson
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What a good blog you have here. Please update it more often. This topics is my interest. Thank you. . .

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Shad Morris
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Thank you so much for all this great information about finding a DUI attorney. One thing that I really liked was that you say to look for people that give you a free consultation. That way, you can see them in person and ask any questions that you may have.

Scott
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I have been looking for a lawyer to hire to help my brother who got arrested for drinking and driving. This article was very helpful in knowing what to ask and look for. I like that you suggest to ask the lawyer if they have sufficient time to devote to the case. I’ll definitely remember this as I am looking around.

Troy Blackburn
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That’s a good point you make about how hiring the right lawyer for the job is the top priority and that not all lawyers are well-versed in the same areas of law. I’ve heard that some lawyers won’t charge you as much unless they’re able to win the case for you and help you out to the full extent. I’ll have to keep this great information in mind as I try to choose a great attorney to help me defend myself!

Tomas Killington
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My brother was recently pulled over for a suspected DUI. He is looking for help fighting the charge against him to get the smallest sentence possible. I didn’t realize how important it is to find out what the DUI attorney’s caseload is to ensure they have sufficient time to take you case and do a good job. I’ll be sure to let my brother know about this consideration.

Bernard Clyde
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I like your first question about asking if the lawyer can do a free consultation. It’s important, I think, to find an attorney that works well with your personality and has experience in working with cases like yours. For example, you wouldn’t want an attorney who specializes in personal injury if you have a DUI case, unless they have experience and training with both.

Frank Delaware
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Thank you for all this great information about choosing a lawyer! One thing that really stood out to me is that you say to check if they offer a free consultation. It would be nice to know that you will be able to sit down with them and learn more about their services.

scott
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I appreciate that you point out that it is important to ask the potential lawyer what their current caseload is like. I can see why this would be important if your case is a little more complicated and needs a lot of attention. You could also ask the lawyer if anyone else will be helping on the case. That way you have an idea of how many people are available to use as a resource for questions.

LNWeaver
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That’s important to ask if the lawyer has handled similar cases. There are really specific areas of the law. My friend got a dui recently and I told him to look for a lawyer.

Celenor Gomez
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It ‘s really great to know.Thank you for sharing.

Alex Dean
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My husband recently got charged with a DUI, and now we are having to go to court for it. We are going to need a lawyer, but need help knowing on how to choose one that will help us with our case. I like how you pointed out that one of the questions we need to ask potential lawyers is if they have handled similar cases like ours. That way we can determine whether or not they have enough experience in being successful in this area of the law.

Afton
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I never knew how important it is to choose a criminal defense attorney that provides a free consultation to ensure you work well together. My sister was just charged with a crime. Hopefully, she can use this info to find a pro that can protect her rights.

Jack Titchener
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I really appreciate the list of questions to ask a lawyer when looking for representation. Asking the lawyer whether or not he is capable of devoting enough attention to your case makes sense because he or she may have multiple clients to attend to. Thank you for the list!

Barbera Peters
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Last week my cousin got pulled over for a DUI, he is a really good kid that got caught with a bad crowd and I needed to find a way to help him out. This article really helped me think that by hiring a lawyer we can win the case. I had no idea how to choose one and the best advice you gave was to ask the lawyer questions. My favorite questions were asking how committed the lawyer is to our case and the background of the lawyer. I will be sure to use these tips while looking for… Read more »

Ashley Maxwell
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I appreciate your comment about how picking your lawyer is very important because they have a large influence in whether you win or lose your case. Thanks for the tip to ask questions and really research good attorneys when choosing one. My sister is considering looking into getting a lawyer estimate, so we will keep these suggestions in mind.

Kenneth Gladman
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I like that you mentioned asking who will work through your case with you. Sometimes you don’t get the full attention of the lawyer and that can make a difference. Get an idea of how involved your lawyer will be in your consultation.

Jack Titchener
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I think it is important to pay attention to what the lawyer specializes in and see how much experience he or she has in that field. You want to have somebody that has some wins under his name so you can have confidence going into a case. The more experience they have the more likely it is that they will be able to properly represent you.

Becca Holton
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That part about how complex laws are concerning DUIs made a great point why experience is important. My friend is considering hiring a lawyer. This gave me a great idea of what kind of qualities to look for in a DUI attorney.

Roger Middleton
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My sister in law recently got into some serious trouble and I’ve been trying to help her family out with everything. I liked that you had mentioned that when it comes to looking for a lawyer it can be important to understand if the lawyer will devote the right amount of time to your case. Once we start looking into a lawyer to help them out with everything, we’ll be making sure that we can find one that will be able to devote a reasonable amount of time to the matter.

Marcus
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Thank you for mentioning how you should take the time to know the reputation of an attorney before choosing one for your needs. It is important to remember that taking the time to understand this can help you find someone who can actually help with your case. We are looking for a good attorney who can help us settle my dad’s will, so I’m glad I found your post.

Marina Wellis
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I like your suggestion of asking whether the lawyer has handled similar cases as mine before, and how he or she has dealt with it. I’m charged with drunk driving, and I strongly believe that it was because of misused breath analyzer. I want to prove my innocence, and I need someone to support me. Thank you for sharing this. At least, I have more ideas to consider when choosing my lawyer.

scott
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I like that you talked about how your first meeting with a lawyer, is the time to see if they are someone you want to represent you. I have been looking for someone to defend me in my upcoming case. I can see how it would be good to be prepared for the first meeting. That way I will be able to find a way to see if the lawyer has the experience I need.

Roger Middleton
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I liked that you had mentioned that when it comes to looking for an attorney that it can be important to make sure they’ll be able to devote a good amount of their time to your case. My sister in law recently received a citation for a DWI and her family is taking it really rough and won’t be able to pay for it or deal with the repercussions. We’ll have to start looking around for a DWI attorney that will be able to help her out and we’ll be making sure that it’s someone who can give the time… Read more »

Aronberg Law
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Learned some new stuff with very detailed information.

Ashley Maxwell
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I appreciate your tip to hire a criminal defense lawyer that has a lot of experience and mastery in this area of work. Thanks for your comment on how they should be able to have an interview with you ahead of time. My good friend is looking into a criminal attorney for her son; I’ll pass this information on to her.

Roger Middleton
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My brother recently got a DWI and I’ve been trying to find a way to help him through this time in his life. I liked that you had mentioned that it can be important to find a lawyer who understands the laws attached. We’ll have to start looking around for a DWI lawyer in the area who can help him with everything, and we’ll be making sure they’re very experienced.

Jordan
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My little cousin has been looking for a good dwi lawyer. I’m glad you talked about how you should ask some different questions to a dwi lawyer, which I think would be good. I’m going to have to do some research and see what dwi lawyers we can find!

Easton Memmott
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I really appreciate your tip to interview each attorney before you make a decision on who to hire. I am looking to hire an attorney to help me clear my DUI, and I want to make sure that my attorney is a good fit for me. I will be sure to conduct an interview for each possible hire.

Ellie Davis
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Last night my husband was pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence. I’m wanting to hire the best lawyer possible to help us with the case. Thank you for suggesting that I should make sure and hire an attorney that has worked on similar cases. I’ll have to look into finding the best DUI attorney possible.

Ellie Davis
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My boyfriend was just charged with DWI and I really think it would be better for us to get a lawyer. Thank you for suggesting that we should make sure the attorney we find has experience in similar cases. I’ll have to do some research and find the best DWI attorney in our area.

Taylor Anderson
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I like how this article mentioned that one should take into account whether or not a lawyer provides a free consultation, as it can help them find the one that best suits their needs. I have some more wild relatives that may need a lawyer in the future, so these tips could help them out. Thanks so much for all the great tips on how to hire a lawyer.

Charles Mitchell
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It got me when you said that hiring a DUI lawyer is important because a DUI case is one of the most complex and difficult areas of law to understand. I have to agree with this since I failed to understand most things when I picked up a book to read about DUI cases. Surely I stand no chance in defending myself in court if ever. If I were to get involved in a DUI case, I would be sure to hire a lawyer just to be safe.

Derek Dewitt
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My brother was recently involved in a DUI accident so thanks for sharing this. I like your point about asking the lawyer if they have handled similar cases. I’ll be sure to have him do this when consulting with different firms so he is more likely to win the case.

Kenneth Gladman
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I like that you mentioned how DUI laws are complex to navigate and have a lot of consequences. My son has gotten into some trouble with the law recently and it has us really concerned. Getting a lawyer might be our best option right now.

Gerty Gift
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I liked your question about whether they provide a free consultation. My friend was talking to me about needing to find a criminal defense lawyer, but he wasn’t sure how to go about it. I’ll be sure to pass this question on to him because I’m sure that it would be more helpful for him to talk to those who provide a free initial consultation.

Gary Puntman
Guest

I like that you said you should make sure the lawyer you choose offers a free consultation. That’s probably important for any kind of lawyer you hire. You want to make sure you will both be on the same page and that you both understand all the details of the process that will be necessary.

Camille Devaux
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I love that you can get a reduction in your sentence is great. It might be nice to know that you can get a professional that will be able to get this done. My sister might like knowing that a DUI attorney service will be able to do this.

steele honda
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Thanks for pointing out that when choosing a lawyer it can be smart to ask if the lawyer has handled similar cases before. I am thinking about hiring a traffic lawyer because I got another speeding ticket and I could lose my license now. I think having an attorney with experience would help give me the best chance of fighting the ticket and winning or at least getting it off my record.

Sam Li
Guest

I love what you said about the initial lawyer-client meeting and how it acts as a reciprocal interview. When faced with DUI charges, it’s important to find an attorney to lessen the severity of the charges. If I were to know someone in such a situation, I would make sure to find a lawyer that could give them expert advice.

Shayla Cademis
Guest

I never knew that a DUI lawyer could help eliminate a revoked license or reduce a DUI charge to a lesser offense. My brother received a DUI citation a few days ago that was pretty severe and has to appear in court. Hopefully we’ll be able to find him a good lawyer in our area to help lessen his charges/offenses. Thanks for the info!

Angela Waterford
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My brother has been arrested for DWI, and it has been difficult for him to be released. I think I will hire an attorney who knows this area of the law so that he can get proper help. Thanks for mentioning that I should look for an attorney who can provide us with a free consultation so that he can get a proper assessment for his case.

Camille Devaux
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I really like that you can look into getting a DUI personal attorney. This will be a great way to get a close look at your case. My cousin might like knowing to ask about their past credentials and their qualifications.

Angela Waterford
Guest

My brother has been wrapped up in legal troubles when he was arrested for DUI. I think I will hire an attorney on his behalf, but I’ll do my research first. Thanks for adding that I should ask others who have hired them before so that I’ll know if they’re a reliable attorney that my brother and I can depend on.

Gillian Babcock
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My sister is involved in legal trouble because of DUI and she doesn’t want to lose her license. It was explained here that it’s important to choose the right lawyer because it can decide if she will win or lose the case. Moreover, it’s recommended to hire an experienced DUI defense lawyer for the best outcome.

Ashley Johnson
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I liked that you said that something that you should look for when hiring a lawyer is if they offer free consultations. I would imagine that having a consultation would help the client find a good attorney. I would be sure to have a meeting with an attorney before hiring them.

Ashley Johnson
Guest

I liked that you said that you should hire an attorney for your DUI situation to help you reduce jail time. I would imagine that they would be able to fight for your case. I would be sure to hire a professional to help fight for my case so that I wouldn’t be in jail for that long.

Callum Palmer
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With lawyers, there are a lot of things that you need to figure out. Also, you did do a good job of listing a lot of questions that should be asked before you hire one. I’d ask any of the ones you have listed here if I were to hire a lawyer.

Taylor Bishop
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Thanks for this advice for hiring a lawyer. It’s good to know that you should learn if a lawyer has handled similar cases in the past. This seems really important if that can tell you if the lawyer is familiar with the laws that will relate to your case.

Daphne Gilpin
Guest

Thanks for the tip to ask who will be handling our case specifically, so we can know who we’ll actually be meeting with and speaking to on the phone. My husband was recently charged with a DUI for blowing barely over the limit, and I think hiring a lawyer would be a good way to try and reduce the charges. I’m glad I read your article because you helped me feel a lot more prepared to go through the process of interviewing different DUI attorneys.

Skyler Williams
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I like your suggestion to ask the lawyer what to bring to the first meeting. My brother recently was charged with a DUI and is need of a criminal attorney. I will make sure to pass this tip along to my brother as he searches for the right attorney to help him with his case.

Bob
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I love your DUI tips. My brother just got arrested. I’ll have to get him a lawyer to get him out.

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