No lawyer looks bad on television, a roadside billboard, or the yellow pages. However, finding a good lawyer is not as easy as it sounds.
Here are the five biggest mistakes you can make when choosing a South Dakota DUI lawyer.
Mistake #1 – Availability
Many people choose a lawyer simply because he is available to immediately take their call. However, simply being the first lawyer who takes your call does not automatically qualify him to be the best lawyer for your DUI case.
Mistake #2 – Price
Many people choose a lawyer because he is inexpensive. And although price is always a relevant consideration, your legal representation choice should not be made simply on price. A lawyer’s experience, qualifications, and reputation are what really matters. The old saying “you get what you pay for” also applies to the lawyer you hire.
Mistake #3 – The Shiny Object
Many people choose a lawyer because he has the fanciest roadside billboards, the biggest yellow pages advertisement, or the most television commercials. However, don’t presume that a lawyer with these “shiny objects” is the best lawyer. Choosing a lawyer who is experienced, qualified, and honest with you about your case is more important than hiring a lawyer who has the “shiny object.”
Mistake #4 – Fear
Many people choose a lawyer because of fear. Often, a person who is arrested at the Rally has never experienced South Dakota’s criminal justice system. Fear and uncertainty can become overwhelming. A good lawyer should educate you about your case and lessen your fears of the process.
Mistake #5 – Written Fee Agreement
Make sure that your lawyer provides you with a written fee agreement. This is the best way to make sure that all of the lawyer’s financial terms are clear and there are no surprises as your case moves forward.