5 Tips for Finding the Right Family Law Attorney

Divorce, child custody, adoption or any issue relating to family law are always sensitive cases where emotions can run high.  Attorneys that take on family law cases need to have a level of compassion and understanding that other fields just don’t require. Finding the right person to take on your case is that much more important and thus more challenging.  Here are 5 tips for finding the right family law attorney.

1. Understand Your Goals

Before you start phoning around to attorneys know exactly what you would like to be the end result.  Do you want a quick divorce with no stress, or do you expect it to be more difficult?  Do you have assets that need to be divided and do you know what assets are important to you?  Getting divorced is hard enough, but if you’re clear with your attorney they are better able to help you.

2. Be Realistic about Your Attorney’s Role

Your attorney is there to protect your legal interests, they are not your therapist.  While finding an attorney that is compassionate and that listens to you is great, it is far more important to find an attorney that is a pitbull in your corner.  You need to find an attorney that will defend your interests zealously not one that will let you cry on their shoulders.

3. Stay Focused

The law and the court system tend to move slowly, even in family law.  It can take years to settle a complicated divorce, even “quick” divorces can take months to complete.  It can be hard to stay focused as your emotions are put through the wringer.  Remember to try and keep your emotions under control and stay focused on the end result.

4. Look for a Couple of Attorneys

Attorneys are not all created equal, they vary in skill level, specialties and cost.  Put together a list of a couple of different attorneys that work with the same type of case that you are dealing with.  You want to make sure that they are capable of handling your case and have the time to take it on.

5. Talk with a Potential Attorney

You can do this in person or over the phone but you want to go over the details of your case and see if they are a good fit and if you want to work together.  You will also need to discuss their fees, lawyers don’t come cheap but most will negotiate their rates but you will need to ask.  Here is what you should bring with you to speak with a family attorney.

Can You Fight a DUI Charge?

A DUI charge is more serious than you think, it can mean jail time, stiff fines and you can lose your job.  You may be wondering if you should plead guilty or can you fight a DUI charge.  The short answer…it depends.  Let’s take a closer look at what happens when you are charged with DUI and what you should do.

Getting Charged

Call a lawyer as soon as you possibly can and don’t make any statements or try and talk your way out of it in the meantime.  Get advice from an attorney as soon as possible before you decide whether to plead guilty or not.  Sometimes you can get the charges reduced in exchange for a guilty plea, it saves the court time and money.  A plead deal as it is called may help you to avoid jail time but there will still be consequences that come with any conviction.  How you go forward will in part depend on what your blood alcohol level was when you were arrested.  The legal limit in most states is 0.08 and if you test at that it may be defensible.  If you test 0.15 or higher, then you need an attorney immediately.

If You are Convicted

Years ago, DUI charges weren’t taken that seriously and the most you would expect was a fine.  That is definitely not the case anymore; in fact the penalties for DUI convictions are pretty harsh.  You will lose your license, pay fines, and possible do jail time and that is just for starters.  When you are eligible to get your license back you will have to have a device installed in your vehicle to make sure you aren’t driving while drinking.  You may have to attend counselling and pay for the privilege.

Can You Fight the Charges?

As a defendant you have the right to fight any charges against you, the question is whether it is worth it or not.  That’s where you attorney earns his fees.  They will look over your case and determine if there have been any errors in procedures that warrant dismissal, bear in mind that is a rare occurrence.  They will also look at the facts and determine what defense you may have. Most of the time your lawyer can secure a guilty plea for you in exchange for a reduced sentence or to possibly skip a custodial sentence altogether.

DUI charges are serious and can impact the rest of your life, if you have been charged with a drunk driving offence then contact a lawyer promptly.  It is your best option.