How to Select the Right DUI Defense Attorney in Kansas

Finding the right attorney to represent you on your DUI charges can feel like a daunting task. With the steep penalties for a DUI conviction, it is important to find a skilled attorney who can zealously defend you and get your life back on track. When deciding who to trust with this important job, look for attorney who meets the following requirements:

  • Concentrates a portion of practice on DUI: Do not use the attorney who handled your divorce, just because he or she is the only attorney you know. You would not make an appointment with a dermatologist if you were experiencing chest pains. The same advice holds true when you are searching for the right attorney to represent you on a DUI charge. Limit your search of attorneys to those attorneys and/or firms where DUI defense is a major practice area. You want to hire an attorney who regularly handles DUI cases because that attorney will be current on the law and best be able to advise you on your rights.
  • Significant trial experience: Look for an attorney who has significant trial experience. An attorney who is well-versed in the courtroom is advantageous to a client in two ways. First and obviously, if your case goes to trial you want to feel comfortable that your attorney is confident in the courtroom. Second, and equally as important, is that an attorney who can commands the courtroom is often in a better position to settle a case. In law, like in life, an attorney’s reputation in the courtroom precedes him or her.
  • Is upfront about fees: No one plans to get arrested for a DUI. Therefore, it makes sense that most people do not have funds set aside to hire a DUI defense attorney. Find an attorney who is upfront about not only the attorney’s fees, but also possible fines, restitution and other expenses that you can expect to incur. You can also look for a DUI defense attorney who will accept credit card payments for his or her fees.
  • Values you and your case: To find the attorney who is best suited to represent you take the initial consultation with the attorney very seriously. After the completion of the consultation, ask yourself the following questions:
  • Did the attorney take the time to listen to the facts of my case?
  • Did the attorney answer all of my questions?
  • Did the attorney explain my legal options?
  • Did the attorney seem honest and forthright about the strengths and weaknesses of my case?

If you can answer “yes” to these questions, you are well on your way of finding a good DUI defense attorney. Make sure to avoid an attorney who promises you results or guaranties you a specific outcome. Not only is this type of behavior extremely unethical, it is also a complete lie. It is impossible for any attorney to be able to predict what will happen in any particular case, since no two cases are the same.

  • Is someone you trust: In order for an attorney-client relationship to be successful, the client needs to be able to trust the attorney. If you have any doubts about an attorney’s ability to represent you or you feel that you cannot communicate with a certain attorney, do not hire that attorney.

If you have been charged with DUI you need an experienced and knowledgeable DUI defense attorney. To schedule your free and confidential consultation, call us today at (785) 843-9460 or visit us online. We can also make arrangements to visit you in jail. With over 35 years of experience, attorney Charles E. Whitman of the Whitman Law Offices, will thoroughly review your case with you to make sure that you understand of all of your legal options.

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