If you have been arrested for DUI in the San Diego area,
you need this information. According to the American
Automobile Association (AAA), California has some of
the strictest and most complex DUI laws in the nation.
If convicted, the economic, emotional and social consequences
can be severe and long-lasting. Fines, penalties, court
costs, treatment program, license suspension, jail and
probation may all affect your life for years to come.
In 2003 the State of California reported its DUI conviction
rate at better than 70% statewide.
Represent yourself, or hire a lawyer? Abraham Lincoln
is credited with saying that a person who represents
them self has a fool for a client. Even lawyers have
lawyers. You probably realize that you need help. A
qualified, experienced lawyer will ensure that you get
every possible protection, benefit and advantage afforded
by the laws and the courts.
It can be difficult and sometimes intimidating to find
the right lawyer to represent you. Here are some suggestions
for finding and hiring a good DUI lawyer in San Diego.
Where to begin? You could try the local yellow pages
or a lawyer referral service, but the information you
can get is limited. An Internet search, which you are
already doing, can provide you with more leads and more
of the kind of comprehensive information you need to
The American Bar Association recommends that you make
sure the lawyer you are considering is licensed to practice
in California. A quick way to do this is to contact
the State Bar of California. The telephone number is
When you contact a lawyer, ask questions. This will
help you choose one that fits your needs. Ask about
everything you want to know. Consider asking questions
Do you specialize in DUI law? Who will handle my case?
Will you defend me or plead me out? What is your experience?
May I have a brochure or resume of your qualifications?
How many DUI cases have you handled, and what is your
success rate? What might happen to me? What are your
fees and costs? How much will I expect to pay in court
costs? What is your estimate of the total expenses I
When you clearly understand the answers you receive,
and are satisfied that the person answering those questions
will give you the best possible defense, you are ready
to hire a lawyer!
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