After being arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you face the task of defending yourself against serious criminal charges. Without any previous legal training or experience, this prospect is frightening. You likely have a number of questions. How can you challenge your DUI arrest? If you think you will be convicted, how can you avoid a harsh punishment like jail time? Your questions can be answered and your fears eased by working with a knowledgeable Columbus DUI defense attorney. However, choosing a lawyer can be a challenging task that requires time and research.
At Luftman, Heck & Associates, we are available to help you after you have been charged with a DUI in Ohio. We have years of experience having charges eliminated or minimizing the consequences of a conviction. Call us today at (614) 500-3836 to schedule a free initial consultation.
How to Find an Attorney for your DUI
Your first steps to finding an attorney are conducting some online research for DUI defense lawyers in your area and then scheduling an initial consultation. During these steps, you should look for certain characteristics that define a strong defense attorney, such as experience, DUI-specific knowledge, and a track record of success. Often times, an attorney’s website will provide information about their education, number of years in practice, honors, and awards.
Utilize an Initial Consultation to Choose the Right Lawyer
While a website offers a great deal of information, you can learn even more about a lawyer and whether they are right for your situation through an in-person consultation. When you speak with an attorney, ask questions regarding:
When you need to hire an experienced DUI defense attorney, you need to know how long a lawyer has represented individuals like you against DUIs and related charges. You want someone who has years of experience handling a variety of complex DUI charges so that you can be sure they are ready for whatever happens in your case.
Attorney Benjamin Luftman of Luftman, Heck & Associates has practiced in Ohio for almost 15 years and demonstrated his proven experience in DUI defense by co-authoring a portion of a nationally published book titled “The Legality of Search and Seizure in DUI Cases” 2011 ed. This book is used by defense attorneys across the country.
While all licensed attorneys have a similar educational background and passed the state bar examination, not all attorneys will have the same level of knowledge regarding DUI offense. Lawyers can gain additional education and certifications that are helping in defending against drunk driving issues. For example, the attorneys at LHA are certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to conduct standardized field sobriety tests, just like police officers.
When you work with an attorney, you want to know you will receive timely updates on your case and can contact your lawyer when you have a question or concern. During an initial consultation, ask the lawyer how they handle client communications and what you can expect during your DUI case.
Before making a final decision about an attorney, ask about their fees. It is essential that you know how your lawyer will charge you for their time and how much. You should also ask about a retainer and any other upfront legal fees or court costs.
LHA offers a free consultation and will work hard to minimize the expenses in your case. In fact, it is more beneficial to spend money on an attorney than it is to lose time at work because you can’t drive or pay thousands of dollars in fines. Although attorney fees can be significant, your attorney will minimize the financial impact of your penalties after a DUI.
How Luftman, Heck & Associates Can Help You
Finding a knowledgeable and experienced attorney who can handle your DUI case in Ohio is not difficult. Luftman, Heck & Associates has a number of DUI defense attorneys who can help you. We understand how stressful a DUI charge is, which is why we aggressively fight for your right to retain your driving privileges and avoid jail.
Call us today at (614) 500-3836 to schedule a free initial consultation.