How to Choose a DWI Defense Lawyer
Defending DWI arrests in Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, Collin, Rockwall and Rowlett counties, or anywhere in Texas.
The Effects of Your Choice Last a Lifetime
Because a DWI arrest and conviction create a negative lifelong impact on your relationships with law enforcement, educational institutions and employers, plus others, you must use wisdom when selecting an attorney to defend your DWI case.
While a DWI arrest provokes a lot of drama in you and those around you, you must ignore these tense emotions when choosing your DWI defense counsel. Despite the anxiety created from a DWI arrest, there is no need to panic and grab the first DWI lawyer with a large billboard or front page ad. Pause a moment and wisely choose your DWI attorney.
Take Your Time and Seek Referrals
Chris Hoover builds his practice on satisfied client referrals. Clients refer others to Chris, because he does what he says he will do.
As long as you request your drivers license hearing within 15 days of your arrest, you have at least three weeks to choose an attorney. So, never hire a DWI attorney under pressure.
If you receive scare-tactic pressure or unbelievable promises—such as “we always win”—from a DWI defense attorney you should run away. Such a high-pressure legal expert is more than likely viewing you as easy money.
Start out by asking family and friends for recommendations for DWI defense attorneys. Ask family and friends who are seeking your best interest—the ones you can trust.
Understand DWI Defense Attorney Practices
You should also understand the business part of DWI defense. As an enterprise, legal defense is easy to understand. DWI attorneys use two major ways to make their livings—volume and quality. While high quality legal defense for DWI costs more, the expense often pays off. The outcome of your DWI arrest is important to you and your future. So selecting better quality is usually a better decision.
Chris Hoover offers a personal service. He studies your police report and watches your arrest video, first by himself and then with you. You and Chris then discuss your situation before you decide to fight, plea bargain or plead guilty. Such life-effecting decisions should always be yours.
Better quality does not mean expensive advertising. With few exceptions, the lawyers who spend a lot of money on advertising run high volume DWI businesses.
While they promise defense, these attorneys seldom go to trial. Instead, they usually settle your DWI case through the system of plea bargaining and guilty pleas, which typically means the State wins its case. And you pay in multiple ways—starting with the annual surcharges imposed by the Texas Department of Public Safety. These same attorneys often use similar high-volume tactics for other types of criminal cases.
Running someone through the DWI legal system takes very little effort. You pay your money for them to help you plea bargain or plead guilty. These attorneys seldom read your police report or watch the video of your arrest. They find it easier, quicker and more profitable to plead you guilty than to investigate your case and fight for your acquittal.
Be Careful About Victory Boasts
Chris Hoover defends only DWI cases. He is a Founding Member of the National College of DUI which is the premier school for DWI attorneys across the nation. He is certified as an instructor in Field Sobriety Tests, giving him insider’s knowledge about the weaknesses of these police-administered tests. He is also a certified Breath Test Operator and is certified in Urine and Blood alcohol sampling.
Reading some Dallas DWI defense attorney websites makes you believe they never lose a trial. The Internet is the newest way to advertise to DWI defense clients. Web advertising is popular and relatively inexpensive, plus it reaches thousands of people who use search engines such as Bing, Google and Yahoo.
When searching for a DWI attorney be extremely wary of any lawyer who sounds to good to be true. Some lawyers misrepresent themselves and their statistics. Verifying their records is difficult. If their claims sound too good to be true, they probably are.
Seek Out DWI Defense Specialists
Chris has taught many other lawyers how to defend DWI cases. Not a brag, this is a pep talk to examine the backgrounds of the DWI lawyers you find on billboards and on the Internet.
For Texas criminal defense attorneys, the hottest search word on the web is DWI. Searching for DWI on the web generates a mammoth pool of general criminal lawyers, many spending thousands of dollars to obtain your attention and your DWI defense business.
Hundreds of Dallas defense attorneys claim to be DWI specialist—or so it seems. However, because DWI is not a board certified area of specialization, you must look closely at what each attorney knows and what each has done.
Find Your Defense from Court House Recommendations
Many attorneys say they have had 100 or more DWI trials, never saying most of their trial experience involved prosecuting—not defending—DWI cases.
You can also find answers to your DWI attorney questions at the Court House, an excellent resource for obtaining information about talented and experienced DWI defense. Ask the bailiffs, sheriffs, clerks and court reporters. These people work the court system everyday and know who fights for their clients and who just pockets your money for pleas. They may even have some idea of the costs involved.
You are Looking for Trust
Chris has defended more than 500 DWI cases in court. He likes taking cases to trial, defending the rights of those arrested for DWI.
Remember, all a lawyer can sell you are trustworthiness and skills. But, does your attorney really know the score, having the abilities to fight for you in court? If you don’t feel comfortable with an attorney, then please continue to look. The Court will give you time.
Call our office now and we will request your driver’s license hearing for free and with no obligation. This will give you plenty of time to look for a lawyer, be it Chris Hoover or someone else.