Hiring a Drunk Driving Lawyer? Questions to Ask

Hiring a Drunk Driving Lawyer? Questions to Ask

Hiring a criminal lawyer for any case can be daunting, especially if it’s your first offence. Hiring a lawyer for your Drunk Driving charge is no different. Drunk Driving charges is a highly technical area of criminal law found under the Criminal Code of Canada. How do you locate the right lawyer for your case? I’ll lay out some tips to assist you with your search to hire a lawyer that meets your needs.


Drunk Driving charges are highly technical. Many Toronto criminal lawyers do not practice in DUIs, as they have decided not to learn the intricacies of this area of law. Therefore, one important question you should have for the lawyer with whom you speak is what their experience level is not just in criminal defense in general, but in defending drunk driving cases in particular. Chances are, lawyers with more experience with this area of law will be able to hone in on the intricate legal issues that might arise in your case.


Because Drunk Driving Charges carry minimum punishments, and because these minimum punishments carry with them a criminal conviction, a significant number of these cases may require a trial in order to potentially avoid a criminal record. Another screening question you should employ is to ask the potential lawyer what type of trial experience they have with drunk driving charges in Toronto. You will want a lawyer with experience litigating drunk driving charges, in case your cases ends up with a trial.


Ask the lawyer for their general strategy at defending Drunk Driving charges. Each lawyer, if they have defended these types of cases before, will be able to outline a general strategy in terms of how to prepare a case, how long the case will take and potential outcomes. If a lawyer is unclear about a potential strategy, this should raise red flags. That said, a lawyer will not be able to advise you want your specific options and potential defences are unless they’ve reviewed your disclosure, which they will likely not do until retained.


A final tip is to ensure the lawyer is not promising you the moon and stars on a first telephone call, without having reviewed your disclosure. Moreover, a criminal lawyer is prohibited from making any promises or guarantees as to what the result will be, as it is not the criminal lawyer who decides what the outcome is in a particular case. The Law Society of Ontario’s Rules of Professional Conduct strictly prohibits this.


I hope these tips will help you in your search for a drunk driving lawyer in Toronto. For a free consultation with your drunk driving charges, consult with an experienced DUI lawyer – Andrew Captan – today.

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