Drivers who are arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated in New Jersey will face penalties for the traffic offense. Depending on the blood alcohol content (BAC) or whether they were found to have drugs in their system, they will have their driver’s license suspended, be fined, have to pay surcharges, possibly be incarcerated and have the stigma of a DWI on their record. If the same driver is caught and charged again, the penalties will grow exponentially more harsh.
One thing drivers who are charged with DWI need to think about is what attorney they will hire to defend them against the charges. While the driver will have a lot on his or her mind and might be concerned about excess costs for hiring an attorney, it can be the smartest decision they make if they hire a good lawyer. A good lawyer will provide legal counsel, handle all the issues that arise during a DWI case and might possibly win an acquittal of the charges.
The following are ways in which a driver who is charged with DWI should go about picking an attorney in New Jersey.
Pick An Attorney With Experience In New Jersey DWI
It might seem like a good idea to hire a well-known lawyer who has represented defendants in high profile cases, their accomplishments don’t necessarily mean they’re the right person for the job. Hiring a lawyer whose specialty is DWI cases is a smarter decision – and likely less expensive – than hiring someone with a flashy style and recognizable name. You want’s want a tax attorney to handle your DWI case.
Search the internet. Ask friends if they know of someone who might be a good choice. Check the news for attorneys who have been successful in New Jersey DWI cases. In short, do your research. The lawyer should have DWI cases as a specialty; should be in a location that is easily accessible to you; answers your calls and gives you the information you request; and has checkable credentials as to when they were admitted to the New Jersey State Bar Association.
Speak To the Lawyer
The lawyer is your employee. You are making a hire to do a job for you the same as speaking to contractors to do repairs on your home. There’s nothing wrong with talking to several lawyers until you find one with whom you are comfortable. Lawyers, seeking business themselves, should be happy to consult with you about your case at no charge. That’s the opportunity you will have to make a decision on which lawyer is for you.
When you discuss the case with a lawyer, you are allowed to ask questions. There’s no need to be intimidated when you’re deciding on a lawyer. A qualified lawyer should be able to explain all the aspects of a New Jersey DWI case from the penalties, fines and chances of acquittal to the rules and regulations that a law enforcement officer must follow when making a DWI arrest. If your lawyer is experienced in New Jersey DWI law, it’s likely that he or she is familiar with judges and prosecutors, as well as individual police jurisdictions. You can ask about it and it could be helpful to your hopes of being acquitted.
Ask For References
It is perfectly acceptable for you to look into the attorney’s background and success rate in dealing with DWI cases. This can include asking the attorney for references as to the work that has been done in the past. Most attorneys will be proud of their work and will be happy to provide you with references as to what they can do for you. If they act irritated or arrogant at the request, then perhaps that is not the right attorney for you. People who have been helped by a specific attorney will be pleased to let others know how their case turned out positively thanks to the work of the attorney.
Understanding The Importance Of Selecting The Right Attorney
You are smart enough to know you should not to go the pro se route so be smart enough to get the best DWI attorney for your case. If you make the wrong hire when selecting an attorney, it could be the difference between conviction and acquittal. An experienced attorney will know what to look for in the case file to see if, for example, the officer didn’t wait the required 20 minutes before administering a breathalyzer test to determine BAC. If the field sobriety tests were conducted on a graded road where it would be difficult for even the soberest person to complete the tests without appearing drunk, this too could be cause for the entire case to be thrown out. There are numerous reasons why a case might not be valid and an attorney experienced and knowledgeable in New Jersey DWI law will find them and use them to try and get you acquitted. When arrested for DWI, the attorney you hire could be the key between winning and losing the case.