TACDL
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Tennessee Bar Association
National College of DUI Defense
iapp
DUI Defense Lawyers Association

What to Tell Your Attorney for a Successful DUI / DWI Defense

February 6, 2015

It’s commonly known that the punishments for a DUI/DWI conviction can be severe and limiting, which is why many people will explore their legal options when faced with this situation. For most, facing a DUI allegation will lead to their first experience with hiring a lawyer – and it can be a daunting experience. Everything you say and do, even if it seems unimportant, can make all the difference in your case. When meeting with your attorney, make sure you include the following:

The Absolute Truth

A common mistake that people make is to not be forthcoming with the truth of the situation to their own attorney. It’s important to understand that the attorney works for you, and their job is to persuade the court that they cannot convict you of the current charges without a reasonable doubt. They have your best interests in mind. So, withholding whatever the truth may be helps no one, including you. Your legal representative needs as much information as possible. Tell the truth about previous events, such as prior convictions, and other legal issues you may have had. The information you provide can alter your attorney’s approach to your case, which in turn can help you achieve a desirable result.

The Painstaking Details

In addition to the truth, your attorney is going to need to every last fact, observation, and conversation you can recall from the incident itself. Even details leading up to the incident, including the weather, road conditions, your health, and what you did that day up until you were pulled over can help your case considerably. The more you can tell your attorney, the more your attorney has to work with, and this will benefit you in the long run.

Regardless of whether it’s your first time with legal representation or not, hiring an experienced and well-informed attorney can be the most important decision you make. The knowledgeable legal team at Baker Associates is ready to hear your story- give us a call today at (866) 853-2888 for a consultation.