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Key Characteristics To Look For In A DUI Defense Attorney

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding | Nov 01, 2018

This is an important topic because when you choose your DUI attorney, you have to have somebody with all the critical skills necessary to get you the result you must have – whether that result is a not guilty verdict or whether that result is the best resolution in the case.

The first thing is that the person has to see the judge and the judges' tendencies to handle your DUI case in Los Angeles because the judge is an essential factor. The judge does have a say in how the case will be dealt with.

So, knowing the judge and also being local to the courthouse is crucial. Because if you're local to the court, you also know the prosecutors, and the prosecutors are the ones who are going to file the case. They're the ones who will prosecute the case, and they are the ones that the person will have to know how to deal with.

So, you must know the prosecutor, know their tendencies, and know the chain of command in the prosecutor's office. So, if you're going to try to resolve the case through a negotiated plea, you can do so most effectively.

In other words, you're going to get all the ammunition together – I get character letters, a whole mitigation package related to my client – and then I have to go to the right person. I have to know who to talk to, and I have to know what will make a difference? What to say, who to talk to, and what things will count on getting the result your client wants.

Ability To Win a DUI Case at Trial

So, knowing the judge, knowing the courthouse, knowing the prosecutor – these are all crucial things. Then you have to have a DUI defense attorney who can try a case and win it because many paper tigers are running around Los Angeles county, and that is DUI attorneys. All they can do is negotiate claims.

They can't try a case. Do you think it will bother the prosecutors if this person is talking crazy and saying many different things? Not. Prosecutors aren't going to care. They know the paper tiger will not do anything and will not do what needs to be done to try the case, if necessary.

So, suppose you don't have that ability. In that case, you're going to have a real problem when it comes to getting the deal you want in a criminal case because the prosecutor won't be worried about you trying the case and beating them and embarrassing them.

Client Reviews, Track Record, Likeability

So, your criminal defense attorney has to have the ability to win a case. And the way you figure that out is you talk to them. You go to their face to face. You look at them. You look at their client reviews. You look at their track record.

You ask about their prior cases, and then you're going to get a feel for what type of criminal defense attorney you have and what kind of a DUI defense attorney you have for purposes of winning a case.

The last thing you need to evaluate when choosing a criminal defense attorney, and the best characteristic, is likeability. What I mean by that is, when you meet with him, and you talk to him, do you like him? Do they seem like they know what they're doing?

Do they seem like somebody the judge, the prosecutor, and a potential jury might respect? Because that's key. If your attorney doesn't have personality, he isn't a likable individual in any DUI defense case. You're not going to be in an excellent position to get that not guilty verdict. You're not going to be in a perfect place to negotiate a case because they're not going to respect and like your attorney.

This is the same thing in anything in life. If you're likable, if they respect you, you're going to be able to get what you want. That's what you need, and I am all about it. Come and sit down with me face to face. We're going to talk about your case, and we're going to figure out the best strategy, and you're going to see that I know how to handle DUI cases, and I know how to get you the result you must have.

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Ronald D. Hedding

What Makes Ronald Hedding Uniquely Qualified To Represent You? I've been practicing criminal defense for almost 30 years and have handled thousands of cases, including all types of state and federal sex crime cases. All consultations are discreet and confidential.

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