Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Tampa DUI Defense Lawyer

Questions to ask before hiring a Tampa DUI defense lawyer

Know what critical questions you must ask before hiring a Tampa DUI defense attorney.

So what should you look for when hiring your Tampa DUI lawyer? Just like selecting the right doctor for a serious medical procedure, you don’t want to hire just anyone to handle your case. You deserve a dedicated professional, an experienced Tampa DUI defense attorney with DUI-specific qualifications and courtroom experience.

To help, this section includes critical questions that you must demand straight answers to before hiring your Tampa DUI lawyer.

If the DUI lawyer you’re talking with waffles even the slightest bit when answering these questions, can’t answer the questions, or tries to tell you that the questions aren’t important, you should say, “Thanks for your time,” and hang up the phone or walk out of their office. Your case is too serious to waste time talking with someone who won’t be completely honest and straightforward with you.

Your case is serious, and you don’t want a cheerleader for a lawyer, someone who tells you that everything is “roses and sunshine” during the initial interview, and then changes their story completely when your case goes to court and tells you to plead “guilty” because they ignored the bad facts and issues in your case, or (even worse), failed to recognize the negative issues in the first place. You deserve a lawyer who will be honest with you, who will take a “No B.S.” approach, and who will tell you THE TRUTH about your case.

Your lawyer shouldn’t tell you what you want to hear.
Your lawyer should tell you how things really are.

Remember, when you’re interviewing a qualified DUI lawyer, it’s not a one-way street. The lawyer is also interviewing you, to see if they want to take your case. The good lawyers don’t have to take every case that walks in through the door. But if you show that you’re prepared and committed to seeking the best legal representation available, you’ll have a better chance of convincing the lawyer to take your case.

When speaking with your potential DUI lawyer, you must ask questions. Qualified DUI lawyers will welcome your questions, because it’s a sign that you’ve done your homework and are taking your case seriously. The only lawyers afraid of these questions are the unqualified ones, because they know they won’t be able to give you satisfactory answers. In this section, you’ll find some of the critical questions that you should ask before hiring any DUI defense attorney.

Here are the questions you MUST ask before choosing your Tampa DUI attorney:

"Are You a Member of the National College for DUI Defense?"

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"How many cases have you taken to jury trial?"

Learn why jury trial experience (or lack thereof) should play an important role when deciding whether a Tampa DUI lawyer should handle your case.

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"How many years have you been in practice?"

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"What percentage of your practice focuses on DUI defense?"

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"Who will REALLY be handling my case?"

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"What was the last DUI defense seminar you attended?"

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"Have you ever been a DUI prosecutor?"

Learn why your DUI defense may benefit from hiring a Tampa DUI attorney who is a former DUI prosecutor, and how to evaluate their DUI prosecution experience

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Tampa DUI lawyer limits number of DUI clients

"Do you limit the number of DUI clients you represent?"

Learn why the best Tampa DUI lawyers limit the number of DUI clients they accept, and why accepting too many clients can sabotage your chances of winning.

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"Have you ever been disciplined by the Florida Bar?"

Learn why your Tampa DUI defense lawyer MUST have a clean disciplinary history and how to check a DUI lawyer's disciplinary records online.

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How much does a Tampa DUI cost?

"What are the potential costs (experts, trial, etc) for my DUI ?"

Learn why the Tampa DUI advertisements for "$1000 DUI" lawyers don't tell the whole picture and what expenses are involved with your Tampa DUI defense.

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Tampa DUI Lawyer Guarantees

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NEXT STEP: Speak with a DUI Lawyer Today

If you’ve been arrested for DUI, no matter how bad the case looks, don’t ever plead guilty without first talking to a Tampa DUI lawyer. There may even be a way that can get your charges dismissed, but you’ll never know unless you fight your charges by talking to a Tampa DUI lawyer as soon as possible. Many of the issues in DUI cases are very time sensitive. DUI cases are serious, with harsher penalties than many felony cases, and the “hidden cost” of DUI insurance that can easily climb past $25,000! (Good news: You can avoid almost all of that if your DUI lawyer gets the DUI dropped or gets the charge reduced!)

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Tampa DUI Attorney Elliott Wilcox has handled thousands of DUI cases. He is a member of the National College for DUI Defense, a founding member of the DUI Defense Lawyers Association, and a life member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Elliott exclusively helps drivers accused of Driving Under the Influence (DUI).

If you want your best chance for avoiding a DUI, you should call an experienced Tampa DUI attorney today. To talk to Elliott about the different options for saving your license and defending your DUI case, call toll-free at (855) THE-DUI-GUY (855-843-3844) or (813) 699-5517 today!