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Key Characteristics To Look For In A DUI Defense Attorney

  • By: Ronald D. Hedding
  • Published: November 1, 2018

This is an important topic, because when you choose your DUI attorney, you have to have somebody that has all the key 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.

Knowing the Tendencies of the Judges and Prosecutors

The first thing is, the person has to know the judge and tendencies of the judges that are going to be handling your DUI case in Los Angeles, because the judge is an important factor. The judge does have a say in how the case is going to 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 are going to prosecute the case and they are the ones that the person is going to have to know how to deal with.

So, it’s crucial that you know the prosecutor, you know what their tendencies are and you also know the chain of command in the prosecutor’s office. So, if you’re going to try to resolve the case by way of a negotiated plea, you’re able to 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 is going to make a difference? What to say, who to talk to and what things will count as far as getting the result that 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 has the ability to try a case and win it, because there’s a lot of paper tigers running around Los Angeles county, and that is DUI attorneys all they can do is negotiate cases.

They can’t try a case. Do you think that’s going to bother the prosecutors if this person is talking crazy and saying a bunch of different stuff? Absolutely not. Prosecutors aren’t going to care. They know the paper tiger is not going to do anything and is not really going to do what needs to be done in order to try the case, if necessary.

So, if you don’t have that ability, then 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 actually 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 them 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 really going to get a feel for what type of criminal defense attorney you have and what type of a DUI defense attorney you have for purposes of winning a case.

I think the last thing you need to evaluate when you’re trying to choose a criminal defense attorney, and the best characteristics, 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. In any DUI defense case, if your attorney doesn’t have personality, isn’t a likeable individual, then you’re not going to be in a good position to get that not guilty verdict. You’re not going to be in a good position 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 likeable, if they respect you, then you’re going to be in a position to get what you want. That’s what you need and that’ what I am all about. 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

About the Author Named Top Los Angeles DUI Defence Attorney by LA Times and named one
of the Top 100 DUI Defence attorneys in California by the National Trial
Lawyers Association. I'm the attorney other lawyers hire to defend them.