Meeting Your Orange County DUI Lawyer
A drunk driving arrest is often the first experience that someone has of the criminal justice system. It’s a stressful time, but you are not alone. Your Orange County DUI lawyer will explain what to expect and work hard on your behalf to prepare your defense.
You may be wondering about the first meeting with your lawyer. You will likely meet at your attorney’s office, where you will be asked about events surrounding your arrest. Your lawyer will explain how the system, including charges and possible penalties, works. Most important, he or she will interview you about your experience and observations before, during, and after your arrest. Here is what you will discuss:
All about you
First, your lawyer needs to know your basic information such as name, address, and phone number. But it is also vital to tell your Orange County DUI lawyer about your marital status, job, and physical description such as your height, weight and other personal information.
Have you had a prior conviction or contact with law enforcement? That’s critical to tell your attorney up front because he will research and verify these details. A prior DUI conviction may lead to jail time so your Orange County DUI lawyer may question its validity. What’s more, prior convictions determine your legal approach, such as negotiating a plea.
What happened during your arrest?
In addition to the background information, tell your Orange County DUI lawyer all the details of the incident, from A to Z. The best approach is to start at the beginning and go through a timeline of events. Recall what you were doing and what you ate or drank several hours before the arrest. Be specific about any types of alcoholic beverages you consumed and when. State the facts in the order that they occurred and walk through any sobriety testing, the arrest process itself, and your experiences in the hours right after that.
Remember, your attorney is on your side—arm him with the facts. You will also want to choose a legal pro who knows the system, so call Coffey & Coffey at (800) 706-7888.They have the inside experience in our local courts to prepare your best defense strategy.