Key things to look for in a Seattle DUI Lawyer
Hiring the right DUI attorney can mean a world of difference. But with dozens of drunk driving attorneys to choose from in the Seattle area, how do you know which one is right for you?
You shouldn't take chances when choosing an attorney. Instead, you should be proactive in your process and only choose competent lawyers you are comfortable working with. To start off, you should ask any prospective DUI lawyer the following questions:
- How many DUI cases have you handled? Many people make the mistake and assume that any lawyer with several years experience can defend your DUI case. Instead of asking how many years the attorney has practiced, ask them how many DUI cases they have personally handled, if they have experience in Seattle Municipal Court, and their track record of success.
- Will you personally handle my DUI case? Even if an attorney has an impressive resume, you'll want to be sure that the attorney himself will handle your case. In some firms, your work may be delegated to another attorney in the office that you only meet right before your first court appearance. And then have a different one at the next court date. It is important to make sure you're actually hiring the attorney you're meeting with.
- How much will I have to pay? While you may not get an exact dollar figure, you should have a good idea of how fees are calculated. and whether there might be any additional costs (trial fee, experts, appeals, etc). And make sure that any fee arrangement comes in writing.
- What type of assistance will your office provide? Hiring a Seattle DUI lawyer entails much more than a few court appearances. There is the DOL hearing process, the alcohol/drug evaluation, any recommended treatment and many other things a person will need to accomplish in the weeks following their arrest. Having an attorney and staff that is easily accessible and is committed to you for the duration of the case is critical.
The attorneys at Wolff Criminal Defense offer a unique persepctive to Seattle DUI defense. The firm's principal, Aaron Wolff, brings over a decade of experience as a DUI attorney after serving as the DUI prosecutor for the cities of Kirkland and Tukwila. Associate Chris Kattenhorn has worked at Wolff Criminal Defense for over two years after serving as a public defender for several eastside cities. Mr. Kattenhorn was also named a 2012 Rising Star in the field of DUI defense.
The Seattle DUI lawyers at Wolff Criminal Defense are passionate in their work
If you have a question about your case, we offer a free initial consultation to anyone accused of a Seattle DUI. The attorneys at Wolff Criminal Defense are available 7 days a week and may be reached directly at 425-284-2000.