Some Questions To Ask Before Choosing A DUI Defense Lawyer
- How much of your practice is devoted to defending people who have been accused of drunk driving?
- How many DUI cases have you taken to a jury trial in the past 12 months?
- What were the results?
- Can I contact some of your former clients?
These are crucial questions that can indicate an attorney’s true experience DUI defense. In truth, it has been our experience that prosecutors typically LOVE trying cases. You should leave the attorney’s office confident that you have spoken to someone who has real expertise and experience in DUI law. The area of DUI defense is too complex to be trusted to someone who “dabbles in DUI defense.” If they are afraid or refuse to give you client referrals, you should question if this is the right attorney for you.
M. Reid Legal Solutions has represented clients in two states – Illinois and Missouri – for more than 30 years. DUI defense and driver’s license suspension issues comprise 90% of our practice. In addition to this, founding attorney Michael E. Reid is frequently asked to speak at continuing education classes for both lawyers and judges. Lastly, in Illinois and Missouri, attorneys are prohibited from claiming they are an expert in a given field of law. Mr. Reid actually did write the books used by attorneys and judges in Illinois and Missouri when handling DWI cases.
What defenses and challenges do you see in my case?
Any attorney who claims to practice DUI defense should be able to explain to you what they believe will be the challenges and shortcomings of your case. (Please contact our office for our FREE REPORTS: “15 Ways to Beat a Missouri DWI” and “40 Ways to Beat a DWI”). Some of the issues that can be used to defend against a DWI charge include:
- FIELD SOBRIETY TESTS ADMINISTERED BY THE OFFICER ARE NOT RELIABLE EVIDENCE OF INTOXICATION
- LEGALITY OF THE STOP
- BLOOD TEST INACCURATE
- FAILURE TO PROVIDE SPEEDY TRIAL
- POLICE BLOOD TEST INACCURATE
- HOSPITAL BLOOD TEST INACCURATE
- FAILURE TO GET A WARRANT TO DRAW/TEST BLOOD
- FAILURE TO PROVE DRIVING
Does the attorney have formal training in any of the following?
- Administration of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs)
- Administration of breath testing devices
- Administration of blood testing devices
With regard to formal training in DUI defense, Mr. Reid has this to say:
“Education has always been important to me. My experience has been that most people don’t stand a fighting chance because they don’t know the difference between good representation and bad. They honestly don’t have a chance against the system – ordinary people have no idea how stacked the system is against them. I think that’s why I fight so hard.
“Since building my firm, I have represented thousands of clients in every stage of the criminal process. When someone is accused of DUI, it’s not only your life but the lives and well-being of those you love. Everyone is affected. Any attorney who practices DUI defense and takes their job seriously needs to be as highly trained as possible. That officer, that lab technician, or that breath machine operator will all be seen as an EXPERT. I owe it to my client, if I am going to level the playing field, to be the OTHER expert in the room to keep the “experts” honest. I am a certified instructor in DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. Additionally, I am trained on all the breath testing machines used in both Missouri and Illinois in DWI detection and testing.”
What is the purpose of the initial consultation with an attorney?
The purpose of the initial consultation is to find out if you can work with the person you are thinking about hiring. Make no mistake: the lawyer you hire is your employee, but you hire them to advise you. At M. Reid Legal Solutions, we offer a no-obligation initial case evaluation to anybody who is serious about hiring a private attorney to represent them in court. This is both your opportunity to evaluate us and our opportunity to evaluate you. There must be a fit between an attorney and you, the client. Your attorney should be a person you must trust with everything, the good and the bad.
You shouldn’t have to pay a lawyer to find out whether you like them, or that she doesn’t know what she is talking about. During this consultation, it is your opportunity to find out just how this lawyer is going to help you or whether they are simply going to serve as your escort to a plea agreement. However, the one question most lawyers don’t and shouldn’t answer is “what are my chances?” A good attorney will not promise you a specific result, because it is impossible to be certain how any case will turn out. Any other answer is dishonest and unethical. A good attorney can only promise to do his or her best job in defending you. Any lawyer who guarantees success rarely goes to court and will likely be escorting you to enter a plea and taking your money. At M. Reid Legal Solutions, our philosophy is you can enter into a plea by yourself at any time, so why do it from the get-go? Let’s carefully look at things first before we make any drastic decisions. After all, 100% of people who plead guilty to DUI are found guilty of DUI. The same cannot be said of all people who decide to fight the charge.
What should I bring to the initial consultation?
The easy answer to this question is to bring everything that you have. If you have the police report, bring it. Bring all the documents you were given by the officers, jail staff, etc. Bring any documentation from any prior drunk driving cases you may have been involved in. Also, bring a copy of your driving record, which you can obtain from your local DMV office. This information will better help us assess your particular case.
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To speak with a skilled and experienced trial lawyer about your DUI case, call us in Edwardsville at 618-656-6622 or 314-703-7602, or send us an email. We represent clients throughout the St. Louis metro area.