I am sometimes retained on cases that are outside of my general geographic area of Northeast Wisconsin. We’ve had clients get in trouble out of town but want a lawyer from their area to deal with, or clients from all parts of Wisconsin who are aware of our reputation as a Wisconsin DUI attorney and are willing to pay for excellent, aggressive representation. Some clients are worried about the “old boys’ network” and want a specific DUI lawyer from outside their city. Chandler DUI attorney
Be aware that a lawyer knowing your client can also be a liability. If your client does not vigorously contest OWIs or DUIs, the prosecutor may be aware of this and will be less likely to give your attorney the best possible deal. If the attorney has a reputation for accepting a plea bargain rather than going to trial, the lawyer is unlikely to make an offer that includes a trial date.
DUI law is the most diverse and complicated field of criminal law litigation. Wisconsin DUI laws change on a daily basis. Nearly every year, the legislature makes amendments to OWI/DUI rules, and the rule, as interpreted by the courts, will alter the landscape in a matter of hours. Be certain that your DUI solicitor is up to date on these topics. There is a lot of empirical and physiological data in them. Are they familiar with terminology such as “retrograde extrapolation,” “Hinz map,” “carbon chromatograph,” and “Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus”? If they don’t, they don’t have enough experience defending people charged with OWI.
Inquire for memberships in professional organisations such as the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers or the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Ask if they keep their training current by attending Continuing Legal Education seminars on DUI / OWI. When was the last time they came?