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Choosing A DUI or Criminal Defense Attorney – Checklist

Choosing A DUI or Criminal Defense Attorney – Checklist

Choosing the right defense attorney to represent your DUI or criminal case is of utmost importance for your case’s outcome.  Here is a checklist to help you hire a great lawyer to defend your case.

Choosing A DUI | Criminal Defense Attorney – Checklist

√  Does the attorney practice criminal defense or DUI defense exclusively?

  • If so, how long have they practiced criminal and DUI law?

√  Does the attorney have any Washington State Bar complaints filed against them?

√  Does the attorney appear professional?

  • Are they well-groomed and dressed in professional attire?
  • Is their office clean and organized?
  • Does their law firm appear to be doing well?
  • Is the law firm accredited by the Better Business Bureau – Rated A?

√  Is the attorney able to articulate the law and communicate clearly?

  • If so, will he/she be a strong negotiator?

√  Were you able to contact the lawyer easily?

  • Does the attorney communicate by text, email, and/or phone in a timely manner?

√  Did the lawyer quote legal fees over the phone without getting to know you or the facts of your case?

√  Do low fees indicate a “dump truck” lawyer – a lawyer who quickly collects money and then makes you plead guilty?

√  Did the defense attorney promise case results over the phone without investigating the facts of your case?

√  Does the DUI and/or criminal defense attorney have real client reviews or testimony listed on valid websites such as Avvo, Google, or Yelp?

  • Be cautious of  attorneys that have a lot of reviews or reviews that sound too good – they are most likely fabricated!

√  Does the law firm offer affordable payment plans?

√  Lastly and most importantly, do you feel comfortable with the attorney, do you think they will be a good fit?

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Written by Senior DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney, David O


Choosing a Criminal Defense Attorney for Your Case

Choosing a Criminal Defense Attorney for Your Case

Just got arrested the night before and now looking for an attorney on the internet.  I google “Criminal defense attorney Seattle” or “DUI attorney Seattle” and a long list of  lawyer websites are presented in front of me.

So how does someone choose a criminal defense attorney?  In my opinion, with all the convenience the internet has done for us consumers it has also created a very difficult task when searching for a good criminal defense attorney.  It’s one thing to find a good Seattle restaurant to eat at for the night but a completely different task when searching for someone to help you out when dealing with, probably, one of the worst life circumstances one could face.  The internet has created for attorneys a “perception of competency” based on how well their respective websites look or, more importantly, the order in which they are listed on the first page of a google search.

Not all criminal defense attorneys are created equal.  Remember who you hire as your criminal defense attorney will act as your representative.  This attorney will be handling your case that determines your reputation and liberty interests.  This case may have very little impact on your future if handled well or, in the alternative, may cause long lasting negative consequences. I would recommend after reviewing the attorney’s website go check out other sites to review client and peer reviews on sites such as or  And most importantly, go visit with the attorney in person and ask them what type of experience they have in representing those accused of a particular offense such as Driving Under the Influence (DUI/ Drunk Driving).


Published by Washington State defense attorney David O