Do I need to hire a DUI Lawyer
Do I need to hire a DUI lawyer?
One of the most common question I hear is, “do I even need to hire a DUI lawyer?” It’s a legitimate question. People also say, “my friend hired a lawyer and they didn’t do anything for them!” Another very good point and it happens far too often.
One of the very first things you should understand is that lawyers are no different than any other product or service. Just because someone is a lawyer it does not guarantee they will be honest with you. There are many lawyer jokes for very good reasons. The phrase, “you get what you pay for” doesn’t even do you justice when hiring a DUI lawyer. There are some very expensive lawyers out there who will just as happily take your money and plead you to a DUI the same as the $795 DUI “expert.”
A DUI is usually a misdemeanor, unless there are injuries, and hiring a DUI lawyer can save you the trouble of showing up to court. A lawyer can make the appearances for you allowing you to continue working or going to school.
The second benefit all depends on the DUI attorney you hire. As I already stated, you can hire a lawyer from $795 all the way up to $10,000, a pretty big gap. Additionally, there are a ton of attorneys out there claiming they handle DUI cases simply because there are so many people arrested for DUI. It is absolutely the #1 crime in San Diego, and pretty much everywhere else. Many attorneys see it as easy money. It is imperative you educate yourself on the attorneys you are choosing or you may end up hiring an attorney who is just happy to cash your checks and doesn’t really care about you or your case.
At the Law Office of Christopher Sohovich, you are our first priority. Every client is given personal attention they deserve. I personally handle every case. I don’t have junior associates negotiating my cases or taking my cases to trial.
San Diego is making penalties more severe even for 1st time DUI offenders
Having a skilled and trained DUI lawyer is your best bet against San Diego’s ever increasing sentences for DUI. The DA’s office in Chula Vista has filed DUI charges on blood alcohol levels as low as .04%! And the city attorney in San Diego asks for and mostly gets a SCRAM device on 1st time cases with a blood alcohol level of .15 and above. In addition to SCRAM during the case, they are asking for ignition interlock devices when the BAC is .15 and above.
I see plenty of “DUI expert” lawyers pleading their clients to SCRAM and the IID every single day I’m in court. As a defense attorney it is one of the most frustrating things I’ve ever experienced. It is easily avoidable with the defense attorney doing absolutely nothing more! I’m not going to teach the lawyers how to do it in this post because they are either to lazy to learn or don’t care enough about the client to find out. Unfortunately for the client, they are the ones that suffer when they hire these sham “DUI expert” attorneys.
Many attorneys have never done a DUI trial, they are what we call dump truck attorneys. They just plead you out as soon as possible. You need a skilled DUI trial lawyer, do not trust your case to just any lawyer because they think they can handle a DUI and make a quick buck. Hiring a top rated trial attorney is probably the most important decision you can make in your case. Very few attorneys in San Diego have the jury trial experience at the level of Chris Sohovich. All litigators are lawyers, but not all lawyers are litigators. This is an important concept to understand. Trial expertise requires inherent talent and many years of specialized training and experience. Effective trial attorneys evaluate and prepare each client’s case from the very beginning. Trial Lawyers utilize their experience to reduce risks and maximize results, whether the case proceeds to a trial or reaches a negotiated settlement. An experienced trial attorney prepares the case so their clients receive the best possible results. Finding out a potential lawyer’s jury trial experience is a critical component of which lawyer to hire because most have little, or no, real trial experience; but nevertheless represent themselves as trial lawyers. A lawyer should not be upset or dodge questions about their accomplishments and experience, but also their wins and losses.