When looking for an DUI/DWI attorney, many consumers fall prey to myths and misconceptions and they wind up picking a lawyer who is not qualified to meet their needs. Here are a few of the most common myths.
Myth #1: “All lawyers have the same experience and training.”
Even if a lawyer has practiced law for decades, even if he or she has a fantastic resume, even if he or she has argued cases before the Supreme Court, there is no substitute for expertise in DUI law and experience defending clients who have been arrested for DUI.
Myth #2: “If a lawyer advertises that he takes DUI cases it is because he has experience in DUI law.”
You may know how important it is that the attorney has experience in DUI law, but you might assume that, just because an attorney takes DUI cases means that he or she has the necessary experience. As a consumer, you know that advertising is often misleading. This is no less true when it comes to advertising for lawyers.
Myth #3: “The State Bar determines whether a lawyer can advertise as a DUI lawyer.”
The reality is that there is no requirement that a lawyer must meet before the State Bar permits a lawyer to advertise as a DUI attorney. The only thing is needed is a license to practice law.
Myth #4: “All law firms will take my case to trial.”
As strange as this may seem, many law firms are not committed to taking your case as far as it needs to go reach the best outcome for you.
Myth #5: “All lawyers carry Malpractice Insurance.”
Malpractice Insurance is not required of attorneys. This means if your lawyer does not carry this coverage and he makes a mistake, you may be out of luck. It a lawyer does not carry malpractice insurance, it does not mean that he or she is confident that it will never be necessary. More likely it means that the lawyer cannot afford it.
Myth #6: “Calling a Lawyer Referral service or using internet sites that offer to find you a lawyer service is the way to find a competent lawyer.”
Lawyer Referral Services and internet sites are a nice idea, but they are far from perfect. Many do not adequately screen the attorneys they refer clients to.
Myth #7: “Lawyers who have a big ad in the Yellow Pages or a TV commercial must be successful because they can afford this advertising.”
Just because a lawyer is on TV or has a big two-page yellow page ad does not mean he or she is successful or qualified. All it means is he or she shelled out a lot of money to make people think that. TV stations and yellow page companies do not care if the lawyer is competent; all they care about is that the check clears. Is that the way you want to decide who is going to protect you and your family?