Drinking with our friends can be fun, especially during sporting events. However, a night of drinking and revelry can wreak havoc on our lives, if we are pulled over and charged with a DWI/DUI. Now, you face license suspension, jail, exorbitant fines, a critical hit to your reputation and the potential loss of both educational and employment opportunities. This is why many people begin looking for a Lawnside DWI/DUI defense attorney as soon as they get home from jail.
What if I like the public defender?
Public defenders do what they do because they believe in the justice system and want to help their clients. They are truly the unsung heroes of the justice system who keep the system running. Unfortunately, they are not paid to match their importance, do not have a budget that matches their clients’ needs and they have no control over the number of clients they must represent, regardless of their time and budget constraints. This is why it is seldom better to keep your Lawnside, New Jersey, public defender, even if you like them.
In addition, even if you do like your public defender, they are not free. Regardless of whether they win your case, at the close of the case, your New Jersey Public Defender will charge you a “reasonable fee” per state statute. You should talk with your public defender to understand what your future fee will be because if you do not pay that fee within 60 days, it becomes a judgment (lien) against you.
This is why, in addition to the reason above, in New Jersey, unless a person is indigent, they should look for a private attorney. It may not actually cost you much more, and even if it does, you will get a Lawnside, New Jersey, attorney who is focused on your case.
How do I pick a Lawnside DWI/DUI defense attorney?
The two keys to picking a Lawnside DWI/DUI defense attorney are location and location. First, the attorney you select should have local experience with the court, judge and prosecutor’s office that you face. This ensures they understand how each works, has a relationship with them and can have the best potential of negotiating the best outcome, if that is the best option.
Second, the attorney you select should have successfully defended DWI/DUI charges locally. This means they have a track record of winning cases, getting cases dismissed and negotiating the reduction of charges. Remember, sometimes, reduced charges are a win, depending on the facts of the case.