If you have been charged with a DWI, you are going to want to hire a qualified attorney to help you with this serious charge. A DWI can really change and impact your life, and you want an attorney who understands the seriousness of the charge to represent you, like those at the Law Office Of  Lori Crystal, LLC.

Find A Local Attorney

The first thing you want to do is find an attorney who practices law locally. Sure, the attorney in the next big city over may have more experience or a fancier website, but they don't know the ins and outs of your local court system. Each court system has its own quirks, and it helps to have an attorney who understand how the local court systems and personnel work.

Find an Experienced Attorney

Second, you want to find an attorney who has experience working on DWI cases. You don't want to hire a personal injury attorney or a bankruptcy attorney for a DWI case. You don't want to hire your friend that primarily works with family law cases for your DWI case. Yes, all of these individuals have law degrees. However, they don't have experience practicing DWI law, which is a very specific field of law. Make sure that the attorney you hire has experience working with DWI cases.

Always Ask for References

Third, attorney references online are still not that popular. It's not like restaurant reviews where everyone wants to share their experience. That is why you need to ask the attorney for references.

An attorney who does a solid job representing people should have written testimony from previous clients or will have previous clients whom you can contact for references. An attorney should be able to provide you with some references; be wary of any attorney that has no references to refer you to.  

Remember to offer to write a review if you are happy with their service at the end of your case.

Figure Out the Attorney Fee

Cost should not be everything, but it should be a consideration. Find out what the attorney's fee will be to represent you through your case. Find out what you have to pay up-front, what you have to pay later on, and whether there are any other court costs that you will have to pay.

Make sure that you hire an attorney that you can afford. You don't want to discover that an attorney is the perfect fit only to then discover that they cost too much. Most attorneys are comfortable with discussing fees and rates during your free consultation.