Before you hire a lawyer, be sure to ask questions.
19 Questions You Need to Ask Before Hiring a Virginia DUI / DWI Lawyer
1. How long have you been handling DUI / DWI cases in Virginia?
2. How many Virginia DUI / DWI cases have you handled?
3. How many Virginia DUI / DWI cases did you handle last year?
4. What is the highest BAC of any client you represented on a Virginia DUI / DWI who was found not guilty? How did you win that case?
5. What specialized education, training and experience do you have which is specifically related to defending DUI / DWI cases?
7. How many national conferences (not local or state seminars) have you attended that are specifically related to defending DUI / DWI cases in the last 3 years? What are they? Ask to see the certificate and the materials.
8. Have you ever completed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) curriculum regarding the proper administration of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests? When? Ask to see the certificate and the materials.
9. Which field sobriety tests have been standardized by NHTSA / IACP? How specifically are they to be administered, evaluated, and scored? What are the specific clues for each test?
10. Do you subscribe to the DWI Journal or any other publications specifically related to defending DUI cases?
11. How do fuel cell breathalyzers work? How does that differ from breathalyzers which use infrared spectrophotometry?
12. What are 3 things that can affect the accuracy and reliability of a preliminary breath testing device (PBT)?
13. What are 3 things that can affect the accuracy and reliability of an evidentiary breath testing device such as the Intoxilyzer?
14. How can the subject's body temperature affect a breath test result?
15. What is "partition ratio" and why is it important in breath alcohol testing?
16. When considering the accuracy of a breath test result, why is it important whether you were in the absorption or elimination phase when you blew into the machine?
17. What is the relationship between blood alcohol content and breath alcohol content at various stages of absorption and elimination?
19. Where is the RFI antenna on the Intoxilyzer 5000? How is it checked?
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