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How Well Do You Know Criminal Law?

Sure, you know what's illegal and what's not. You know how to avoid breaking the law. But do you know the technicalities that can get your case dismissed in court? Do you know what kind of evidence is allowed in your defense and what isn't? Do you know how to effectively cross-examine a witness? If the answer to these questions is no, then you shouldn't be considering defending yourself in court. When a criminal case gets to court, innocence doesn't matter as much as experience with criminal law does. You need an experienced lawyer to help you defend yourself. In this blog, I'll share experiences that can help you understand what is going to happen in court and how to assist in your own defense. But the most important piece of advice I can give you is this: don't go to court without a lawyer.

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Is It Better To Hire An Out-Of-Town DUI Lawyer?

Being slapped with a DUI charge can be one of the worst things that can happen in your life. You can lose your job, have problems with your auto insurance, and even face jail time in some states and situations. If you find yourself facing a DUI charge and plan to fight it in court to prove your innocence, you are definitely going to need a good DUI attorney. However, you may be questioning whether a local attorney will be the best idea. 

Even though legal representatives all have a moral and legal obligation to represent you in the same way, sometimes hiring a local attorney can seem like not such a good idea. On the other hand, sometimes, hiring an attorney from your location is a logical decision. Here are a few things you need to know about a hiring local or out-of-town attorney for your DUI case.

Go outside the community if there are no local attorneys that specialize in DUI cases.

When you want to fight your DUI charge, you need an attorney who is familiar with the ins and outs of the process. An attorney who deals with DUI cases regularly will be more likely to know things like:

  • What defense tactics have worked best
  • Where loopholes could be to help you get a lesser charge
  • How to combat things like field sobriety tests

If you do not have an attorney locally who specializes specifically in cases revolving around a DUI, it can be better to go out of town to find legal representation. While a lot of attorneys can and will represent you even though DUIs are not their specialty, you are going to want good experience on your side. 

Remember that hiring a local attorney can have its advantages. 

In some situations, if you have a DUI specialist available, hiring local can actually be an advantage. A local attorney is more likely to know the county laws and processes with DUI cases. They may be more likely to have some kind of camaraderie with the prosecuting attorney, district judge, and even law enforcement. While technically who your attorney knows is not going to help you win your case, what it can do is help ensure communications throughout the case are open and no small detail is disregarded because you have an attorney who is unfamiliar with the area. 

In the end, it is totally your decision whether you hire a local or out-of-town DUI attorney. Contact several attorneys to get advice on which direction you should go to better your chances of seeing a successful outcome. For more information, contact professionals like those found at Winstein, Kavensky & Cunningham, LLC.