Finding a Raleigh DWI lawyer is on the one hand easy, but on the other hand difficult. It’s easy because Raleigh is seemingly awash in DWI lawyers. If you’ve been charged with a DWI, you’ll soon get a pile of letters from DWI attorney advertising their services. Those letters will start piling up.
It’s difficult to find out, from a brief letter, whether the person is, in fact, a good criminal lawyer for you. Some of the folks sending letters have little more than a laptop and a cell phone. Others are established lawyers. How to tell them apart?
One way is to do your homework. And if you’ve found this article, you’re certainly well on the way.
Some questions to ask:
How is the DWI lawyer reviewed?
Does the person have generally positive reviews? What do reviews say? Sometimes people seek a lawyer because they want a sympathetic ear. And that can be important. But even more important is a lawyer who knows what he or she is doing, and is willing to fight for a good outcome, even if the lawyer can’t guarantee a particular outcome.
Does the criminal lawyer make guarantees or promises?
Guarantees can never be made about a criminal case. Rule 7.1 of the North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct say that a lawyer may not guarantee a specific result, or create expectations about a specific result.
If a person promises you that he will win your case, that is a violation of the North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct. If the person says you have a good case, that may be a true case. But it is important always to be realistic about a case: criminal cases are often difficult cases, and it’s improper to create unjustified expectations.
Does the DWI lawyer have a real office?
Is your lawyer a professional who practices day-in-and-day-out in criminal law? Is the lawyer in the criminal courtrooms of North Carolina? Does the lawyer know the local practice rules?
These are some of the questions you should ask. In addition, a lawyer who divides his time between four or five areas of law may not be up-to-date on any one particular area.
Is the lawyer willing to recommend other possible lawyers?
Finding a good criminal lawyer is a difficult process. If the lawyer is not a good fit for you, will the lawyer recommend other good lawyers in your area who might be able to help you with your problem?
A lawyer who is connected to a community of other lawyers may be a good fit for you.