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How Important is a Los Angeles DUI Lawyer’s Experience?

Many of our clients are talking to several different attorneys when they come meet with us. Unlike many other attorneys out office offers a free consultation with no obligations. The result is that when you come and talk to us, you are under no pressure to retain our office, nor are you required to pay anything when you visit us.

We take the time to talk to you about your case. About the different facts, the things that make your case unique, as well as your available defenses and arguments. This helps give you a good idea as to the strengths and weaknesses of your case, and the potential outcomes. While we cannot guarantee an outcome or predict how the case will turn out, we can give you a good idea as to how your case will be presented.

We are able to offer a realistic idea as to the potential consequences and outcome of your case because of the extensive experience our attorneys have. This can make a very big difference to your case. Many Los Angeles DUI attorneys are vey educated and reasonably priced, however, that is not always enough to win the case.

Each of the criminal Judges has their own preferences in regards to arguments, and evidentiary rules. Some Judges are really harsh when it comes to first time DUIs, and order higher penalties or requirements. Some Judges are not as harsh and are more lenient towards first time DUIs. These are things you want your DUI attorney to be aware of, so that they are sure to strategically present their case.

Let’s use an example to illustrate what I mean. Don is charged with a first time DUI. He is asked to appear in criminal court in Downtown Los Angeles. The first appearance, referred to as the arraignment, is before a Judge who has a zero tolerance policy on DUIs. He believes that if you harshly punish the first offense, it will deter additional offenses. An experienced lawyer that knows this will likely enter a plead of not guilty.

The arraignment Judge does not hear the entire case from beginning to finish. He only hears arraignments. So, if you plead not guilty, your case gets set for Pre Trial and is then transferred into a different courtroom where that Judge only hears Pre Trials. The experienced lawyer will know that entering a plea of not guilty will get it kicked to a different Judge. The lawyer will also know what the Pre Trial Judge’s stance is on first time DUIs. If that Judge is lenient, then it is in the client’s best interest to plead not guilty and have the matter heard by the Pre Trial Judge, not the Arraignment Judge.

This is why, when searching for a legal DUI professional, it is in your best interest to seek an attorney with not only legal experience, but knowledge of the Judges, courtrooms and even the clerks!