If you have been arrested for DUI in Virginia, you face harsh penalties if you are convicted that include a jail sentence, fine, driver’s license suspension, and permanent criminal record. You do not want to represent yourself if you want to achieve the best outcome possible. Do you need to hire an attorney from a large law firm to obtain the quality representation you need in your DUI case?
Why the Size of the Law Firm Does Not Matter When Deciding Which Attorney You Want on Your Side
You may think you need a large law firm to defend you. However, this is not necessarily true. What you really need is an experienced DUI attorney whom you can trust to protect your interests and who has the resources to mount a strong defense for you. A smaller law firm may provide you with more personal attention and aggressive defense of the charges you face than a larger firm who may hand off the majority of the work on your case to a paralegal or law clerk.
What to Look for When Hiring a DUI Lawyer in Virginia
If you are like most people arrested for DUI, you may not know any lawyers who handle these cases. Your first step should be to obtain referrals from friends, family, another attorney you worked with in the past, a bar referral service, or through the internet. Then you need to research your top choices and interview them. Here is what you need to look for when deciding which attorney is right for you:
- Experience. You should look for an attorney who has extensive experience handling DUI cases and has a track record of success in getting the charges reduced or dismissed either through a plea agreement or taking the case to trial. T. Kevin Wilson has over 20 years of experience defending clients who have been arrested for driving under the influence.
- Training. You want a lawyer who has extensive training in handling DUI cases and who stays up-to-date on the issues and laws that are relevant to these cases. T. Kevin Wilson has extensive, specialized education in DUI defense and the scientific and operational workings of breath and blood alcohol testing. He works hard to stay current on DUI statute changes and case law and is also a former Police Academy Legal Instructor and understands the tools and techniques the police use when arresting individuals for DUI.
- Communication skills. Your lawyer should be able to explain the charges you face, your defenses, potential penalties, and what you can realistically expect to happen in your case in a way that you can understand. He should keep you updated on the status of your case and be available to answer your questions. At the Wilson Law Firm, we provide our clients with individualized attention and aggressive attention they need to achieve the best outcome in their cases.
Do you need to retain a DUI attorney? Read our testimonials to learn what our satisfied clients are saying about our quality representation in DUI and other criminal cases. Then call our Manassas office to schedule your free consultation to learn how we can assist you.