Charged with a DUI? First Offense Information You Need Now

DUI First Offense Page.002Being charged with a DUI is a foreign and terrifying experience for most drivers.

There is a sense of urgency when you are released from jail to find an attorney as quickly as possible so that you can start the process of clearing your name. You want to use caution before hiring the first attorney you meet. This is an important and expensive decision -- you do not want to rush it.

The Right DUI Attorney Is a Must

DUI First Offense Page.003Choosing the right attorney to defend your Georgia DUI is critical. It may even be the first time you have ever had to hire a criminal defense attorney.

As you wade through the hundreds of options online, it can be overwhelming trying to determine which criminal defense attorney is right for you. The truth is that your choice of attorney can have a dramatic impact on the outcome of your case.

 

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The Best DUI Lawyers . . .

DUI First Offense Page.004Focus on the following critical indicators of experience when interviewing an attorney for a first offense case.

Start by asking what percentage of their practice is devoted to DUI defense. Attorney Erin Gerstenzang is a recognized national speaker, who teaches other DUI defense attorneys.

While you may not fully appreciate or know an attorney’s level of skill and experience until you see them in the courtroom, finding that they teach other attorneys is a reliable way to measure an attorney's expertise

Be sure to select a lawyer who regularly practices where your case will be heard. Although the laws are applied similarly throughout Georgia, the personalities that comprise each court system, including the prosecutors, judges and jurors, vary dramatically.

What’s more, different courts have varying procedures for scheduling hearings and trials, negotiating final dispositions, and imposing sentences. Sometimes a strategy that would work well in one court could have disastrous consequences in another.

Intimate knowledge of the personalities and court practices will improve the quality of your defense. Make sure your attorney is a regular practitioner in your court.

Meeting With Your AttorneyFinally, when you meet with an attorney, it is critical that you are evaluating the trustworthiness of the person you are speaking with. You will have to rely upon the advice of your attorney when making some of the most difficult decisions you have ever had to make in your entire life. The consequences of your decisions will affect you, your future and your family.

If you do not trust that your attorney will always have your best interests in mind during your DUI case, then you do not have the right attorney. As attorneys, we are trained to represent individuals zealously and always put your best interests above all others. Make sure the attorney you are hiring can and will do just that.

When you’re facing a DUI charge, rely on Attorney Erin Gerstenzang. Contact our offices today to learn more.