When you’re arrested for a
DUI and a plea bargain agreement is not an option (since it results in a permanent
mark on your criminal record), hiring a DUI attorney is your only choice.
However, there are many good and bad lawyers to select from, especially
in the Ventura County area. In order to decide on the best DUI lawyer
that qualifies for your particular case, here are five things to look out for.
1) Highly Experienced
Most young attorneys are required to work for the Public Defender’s
Office or State Attorney’s Office once they finish law school. In
regards to private attorneys, the less years they of experience they have
established, the less amount of time they have to develop their skills
and knowledge of the legal system. Although you may run into lawyers who
have done a terrible job for a number of years, it’s best to research
their accolades, such as the amount of cases they have won for their clients
or awards won.
2) Speaks Your Language
California is known for its diversity, a large community derived of various
cultures from all across the world. Whether it’s Spanish, Chinese,
or Tagalog, having an attorney who is capable of communicating in your
native tongue and understand your cultural background benefits your working
3) Complimentary Initial Consultation
Before you purchase a car, you want to test drive it first to see if it’s
really the car you want. The same goes with hiring an attorney. You want
someone who you can sit down and consult with prior to hiring him or her,
particularly if you are financially restrained. You are able of asking
as many questions as you please without the pressure of paying for their
4) Positive Client Testimonials
Feedback from other clients can help determine your choice for an attorney.
The more positive testimonials the attorney has received over the years,
the more reliable he/she is when it comes to handling your case. Please
read each testimonial to see if any previous client dealt with similar
circumstances like yours. Other sources of feedback includes Yelp or Google+.
5) Trusted by Peers and Others
This may sound obvious, but hiring someone you can completely trust with
your case (and essentially your reputation) requires a large amount of
it. Since you are placing your life in someone else’s hands, you
must also find an attorney who is completely honest with you, as opposed
to telling you things that you want to hear. Hiring someone honest and
trustworthy will not only help you with your current case, but perhaps
any future mistakes that may occur in life.
For an experienced and qualified Ventura County DUI attorney,
call The Law Offices of Robert F. Sommers today for a free consultation.