Those who've been charged with driving while intoxicated know that the immediate aftermath can be chaotic and confusing. The need for proper legal representation is, of course, a priority, but often times the search for a qualified Arizona DUI attorney can only add to what is already a stressful situation. Knowing what to look for in an Arizona DUI lawyer is a matter of doing your due diligence. You want to take the necessary time to find a DUI lawyer with whom you feel comfortable and have confidence in. The Law Offices of Craig W. Penrod, P.C., reminds you to get your ducks in a row and protect your rights in the process by following these helpful tips.
Educate yourself. Before you set about interviewing lawyers, learn all you can about DUI law in your state. By preparing yourself as to the legal process, you'll be in a better position to interview attorneys and find the one that's right for you. And you should interview several. Not all DUI attorneys are created equal, and some may have agendas that will hurt your ability to defend yourself. Take your time to find the right advocate for your cause.
Don't rely on your memory. In some instances if a case proceeds to trail, it can take anywhere from six months to a year or more before the trial actually takes place. That leaves plenty of opportunity for your memory to fail you, so write down everything you remember from the night in question. The smallest details may become vitally important later on, so don't leave anything out. And that includes witnesses. Was there somebody in the car with you? How about an employee at the bar? Make sure your attorney is informed of all details. A qualified attorney will want to make sure that all witnesses have been interviews and disclosed prior to the time of trial.
Consider outside Factors. There are outside factors that can make a person appear to be driving erratically or to be intoxicated when in fact they aren't. A number of medical conditions or medications can have this effect, as well as vehicular defects. If you suspect that something is wrong with your vehicle have it checked out. And if you have a medical condition or are on medication have it documented by a physician. Again, make sure your attorney is informed of all details.
If you've been charged with DUI, doing your due diligence can only benefit your cause. Do your homework, document everything, and find a qualified and experienced DUI lawyer to be your advocate during this stressful time.