Answers to commonly asked questions
When facing a criminal matter, such as a DWI/DUI charge, when you have questions, you want answers. Below you will find a list of commonly asked questions we receive with our answers. Some answers may appear vague; however, we handle cases differently than most attorneys. We look at each case differently because each person needing representation is different. Different circumstances, different absorption rates, different weights, different medication, the list goes on.
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We focus on DWI because it allows us to learn more about the intricacies of intoxication, blood alcohol concentrations, drug impairment, breath, blood testing, and operation issues, which we can then use to scrutinize your case defensible issues closely. While we'd love to say exactly what would happen at this point, we can't until you retain services, and our attorneys can review all the discovery paperwork about your case in your case and sees what specific equities there may be. We also need to discuss your goals before we can see the whole picture. All these are important steps so that we can give you the best legal advice.
Most Public Defenders (or Assigned Counsel) are overwhelmed. They each handle hundreds upon hundreds of cases in several areas of law. At times, they do not have as much time to dedicate to your case, let alone know your name and provide you the answers you need. Our attorneys handle a lower volume of cases, giving us the ability to dedicate more time to your defense and answer your questions when they arise. We can provide the service needed to help get you through the process. That extra level of service can be as simple as spending more time explaining what is going on in a way that makes sense and is easy to understand, no matter the result, while also reducing your stress.
The simple answer is you should not. Many steps need to be taken to put your case in the best position. You must hire an attorney as soon as you can so that way all the initial steps needed are moving along to make sure your case does not drag out forever. Especially in a DWI case, after your first court appearance, your license may get suspended. Getting an attorney sooner will help you accomplish all your tasks while you still have a full license.
If the price is the ONLY you care about, go with that attorney. Our team of attorneys has the experience someone needs to fight a DWI/DUI case and provide you with an exceptional service level. We have more DWI/DUI experience today than most attorneys will have in a lifetime. We know how to examine the breath test results, the field sobriety tests, and all issues regarding the stop of your vehicle. We do all that for what we consider is a reasonable and fair fee. Keep in mind that the wrong attorney may prove more expensive in the long run, which is why we offer payment plans so that someone doesn't have to sacrifice the quality of their representation solely over money. At the end of the day, though, you have to feel confident and comfortable with the attorney you hire, so trust your gut.
If a trial is what you want, then it's absolutely something that we'll consider developing a plan for your case as we have a dedicated trial litigation team. Please keep in mind that when you hire an attorney, you're hiring that attorney for his/her knowledge and experience so that an appropriate strategy can be crafted to suit your needs. That strategy may include multiple options to get you to the same point. You shouldn't limit yourself to one course of action when there might be a second way to accomplish the same goal. Ultimately, you tell us what you want, and we develop the strategy to get there, and we'll always address the efficacy of that strategy as it's put into action.
Refusals are difficult cases to win. While I have won a fair share of them, the burden at a refusal hearing is significantly lower than that of a criminal matter. We must look at all the elements of the hearing and work to attack all of them, but the benefit of the refusal hearing is that we can better understand your case's strengths and weaknesses before a case was to go to trial.
As much as we'd love to tell you exactly how your case will end, we can't. We have ethical obligations to follow, and one of them prevents us from guaranteeing an outcome for you. If you've spoken with another attorney who guaranteed you something like that, I will run for the hills because you just got sold a lie. Hire someone you can trust and someone who will always be upfront with you about the possible outcomes and your expectations. We can guarantee that we will work hard for you, show you value as a person, not as someone accused of DWI/DUI, and work towards getting you the best possible resolution.
We have first to define what you define as a win. A win for one person may not be a win for another. We need to tailor our strategy to your situation and what you want to see at the end. That is how we win.
Is it possible to save a CDL when charged with DWI? Yes, but whether it's possible for you will depend entirely on the county you're charged in, your background, and the strengths and weaknesses in your case. We will do whatever we can to protect your CDL and keep you informed about what might happen every step of the way.