Not All DWI Attorneys Are Created Equal
There is a wide range of abilities among lawyers who claim to practice in the area of DWI defense law. If you hire a lawyer who doesn’t know what he or she is doing, mistakes can be extremely costly for you—financially, emotionally, and even professionally. You should hire a lawyer who is dedicated to helping you resolve your case with the fewest negative consequences possible, not one who is looking for shortcuts that make it easy for the lawyer.
Your Lawyer Should Have Experience In Your Jurisdiction
All judges look at the law differently, especially rules of procedure, so it’s very important for your lawyer to have experience in your jurisdiction (county), in your courthouse, and in front of your judge. A lawyer who knows your judge will do a better job of determining how certain issues should be addressed, what kind of plea the judge might accept, and how the judge might sentence you if your case goes to trial.
Always make sure the attorney you choose has regularly argued criminal cases in New Mexico and knows the judges in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho and in Valencia and Sandoval Counties.
Focus On Case Management
The number one complaint about lawyers is that they often fail to call clients back. An organized attorney with sufficient support staff will have procedures in place to have your calls addressed promptly by the attorney or an appropriate staff member. A good attorney will let clients know what it’s like to work with his or her firm during the initial consultation before your DWI case is even started.