Kansas City is full of Crimincal Defense and DUI/DWI lawyers, and choosing one can be very overwhelming. Many of those lawyers are fresh out of law school and do not have the experience yet to fully serve their clients. Here are some questions you should ask prior to choosing your attorney:
Q: Is Your Attorney a Member of The National College for DUI Defense?
Q: How Many DUI Trials Has Your Lawyer Had?
Q: What Are Your Lawyer's Fees?
Q: Is Your Lawyer Certified to Administer the Standardized Field Sobriety Test?
Q: Is Your Lawyer Trained on The Breath Test Machine?
Q: Is Your Lawyer Trained as A Drug Recognition Expert?
This is a must if you expect a qualified attorney. If they are not a member of the National College for DUI Defense, then they are not serious about defending DUI cases. You should also consider attorneys who are members of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Did you know many DUI lawyers have never taken a DUI case to trial and often encourage their clients to plead guilty? Choose a lawyer with extensive trial experience and who is willing to fight for you and your rights!
Lawyer fees are usually based on attorney experience and success rate. Many attorneys with little to no experience with poor records will offer low rates to pull in clients. In the end, the lack of experience on the attorney's behalf costs the client more in jail time, court fines, and damaged records. You get what you pay for, so hire a qualified DUI lawyer who offers fees commensurate with their experience.
If the arresting officer did not administer the standard field sobriety test correctly, then it may be useless in court. A qualified DUI lawyer will know the difference between a qualified test and bad evidence.
If the breath test machine was not performed correctly or hasn't been maintained very well, it may be excluded from court. Only a qualified DUI lawyer will be able to know if the arresting officer performed the test correctly.
If you are charged with driving under the influence of drugs, whether prescription or non-prescription, you'll need a lawyer who is trained in drug recognition. Without a qualified DUI attorney, you may not receive adequate defense.