One of the most common reasons the average everyday ordinary person gets arrested if for driving under the influence. Getting arrested is a traumatic experience and being cuffed, transported, searched, booked and printed is humiliating. For many people this is their first contact with the criminal justice system and it can be overwhelming. There are real consequences to a DUI conviction and having an experienced, good criminal lawyer can make a world of difference in the outcome. There are hundreds of criminal defense lawyers here in Lee County and choosing the right one to represent you is a daunting challenge. Never make a decision based solely on advertising or price. Most importantly, do not wait to talk with a good criminal attorney because you may miss many deadlines that can impact your license. The Public Defender many times only gets appointed too late to deal with deadlines and generally only deals with the criminal court issues and not your license issues.
Price is something most people have to consider, but getting a bargain lawyer is like buying a bargain parachute. There is an old saying in life that “you get what you pay for” but you have to balance that with the reality of not over paying for good representation. So how do you go about selecting a really good DUI lawyer here in Ft. Myers or Cape Coral? Experience is a factor that should be considered. How long has the lawyer been handling DUI cases? Does the lawyer actually try DUI cases or does he have a reputation with the prosecutors for simply pleading the cases. Does the lawyer have prior experience as a prosecutor? It helps greatly to have a lawyer that knows the ropes and has handled DUI cases from the other side. You need to actually go and meet with the DUI lawyer, sit across the desk from him or her, and then ask yourself, “is this the lawyer I want standing beside me in the courtroom”?
Does the lawyer actually try DUI cases or does he have a reputation with the prosecutors for simply pleading the cases. Does the lawyer have prior experience as a prosecutor? It helps greatly to have a lawyer that knows the ropes and has handled DUI cases from the other side. You need to actually go and meet with the DUI lawyer, sit across the desk from him or her, and then ask yourself, “is this the lawyer I want standing beside me in the courtroom”?
Hiring a good experienced DUI lawyer is important. A DUI conviction in some cases, can land you in jail. It can cost you your license. It can affect your employment both now and in the future. It will affect your insurance rates. Most lawyers, including our firm, do not charge for an initial free consultation. You may be considering using the Public Defender but ask yourself this “if I was really sick, do I want to go to the public health department clinic”?
Your next decision, “who to hire” is an important one so take the time to actually go meet with the lawyer that is going to represent you. There may be good solid defenses in your case. The police may have violated your rights. The “stop” may have not been valid. The breathalyzer results may not be admissible in Court. A good DUI lawyer may find a defect in the State’s case.
Even if you really were guilty, do not assume that you should plead guilty just to get it over with. A good lawyer may get the charges reduced and save your license. Take advantage of the “free initial consultation”, meet with the lawyer, discuss the facts of your case and then make an informed decision as to who you want representing you. If you drove under the influence, you have already made one bad decision. Don’t make another one by hiring the wrong lawyer.