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When Your License is on the Line, Call a DUI Lawyer

May 11, 2008
Driving under the influence (DUI) is illegal throughout the U.S., even if the laws and punishments for driving under the influence vary a little from state to state.

Consequences of DUI
No matter where you live, the consequences for this crime are inconvenient at best and serious at worst. You could have your license suspended, be slapped with some heavy fines or even spend some time in jail. These consequences can make something as vital as getting to work a challenging task.

Speed is of the Essence
If you want to avoid some of all of these consequences, it would probably be wise to hire a DUI lawyer and to hire one quickly after your arrest. In many states, unless you appeal the DMV for a trial, you will automatically lose your license after 10 days or so if you have been caught driving under the influence. So, time is of the essence.
Why You Should Hire a DUI Lawyer
Good DUI lawyers will be able to create considerable doubt in a jury, in spite of unfavorable driving patterns, chemical results and sobriety tests. If your license or your freedom is on the line, their experience is a good ally to have on hand.

Search by City and State
Because the laws vary a little from state to state, you will obviously want to hire a lawyer who knows the laws specific to your state inside and out. Be careful when you illuminate candidate though because one lawyer might service more than one state. You can also search for good DUI lawyers by city.

Know their Credentials
Even though you don't have a lot of time to find good DUI lawyers, you still want to know the credentials of the people who will be defending your case. You will probably want to ask questions like, have they been successful in the past? Do they have a good reputation in their area? Where were they educated? How much do they charge? You can get specs on several different DUI lawyers if you find a website that provides mini bios for attorneys all over the country. These short bios usually list such credentials because they want to prove their competency to potential clients. Visiting such a website is a fast way to locate and research different lawyers.

Free Consultations
Once you have narrowed your search down, you can also get a feel for how helpful lawyers will be by calling up for a free consultation. It won't cost anything more than your time and a couple phone calls may be the determining factor in which lawyer you choose.
About the Author
If you have decided to look further into good DUI lawyers search for them alphabetically by city and state and read several of their bios at http://www.1800duilaws.com/lawyers_bio/dui_lawyer_directory.asp. There are more than a hundred listed on this site. The Author, Art Gib, is a freelance writer.
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