Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Orlando DUI Lawyer
"What DUI-specific education programs
have you attended this year?"
Unlike many other areas of the law, DUI defense is not a static area. New and novel DUI defenses arise all the time, and you should expect that your lawyer attends the specialized seminars and continuing legal education programs where these defenses are discussed and explained.
In Florida, there are two major DUI seminars each year. The first is the “Masters of DUI” program, which is sponsored by the Florida Bar every January. The second is the “Blood Breath and Tears” program, which is sponsored by the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers every September. Both of these programs keep Florida lawyers up-to-date on the latest legal developments and technical advances in DUI defense. Neither of these programs requires any type of special credentials to attend, so if your lawyer didn’t go to the seminar or didn’t order the training materials, you should ask them, "Why not?!?"
Your attorney should also belong to a network of DUI defense attorneys (such as the previously mentioned National College for DUI Defense) to stay on top of the latest defenses. The College offers several training opportunities each year, including a summer session at Harvard University.
THE TRUTH is that prosecutors are sharing information and trying to learn everything they can to stay on top of DUI’s and win their case against you. You should demand that your lawyer does the same.
At the Wilcox Law Firm, continuing DUI defense education is a priority. Depending on trial schedules, I either attend both programs live, or if I'm trial that week, I order the materials to study in the office. Every year the firm invests thousands of dollars in continuing DUI defense education programs and materials. For example, in a single year, I typically attend the two flagship programs for DUI defense, the National College for DUI Defense's Summer Program at Harvard University and the "Blood, Breath, and Tears" seminar in Florida. Since my schedule often prevents me from attending, I also invest in the materials for the Florida Bar's "Masters of DUI" program and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' "DWI Means Defend with Ingenuity" seminars.
To contact an Orlando DUI lawyer who makes the investment to keep on top of developing DUI issues (which may help you get your license back or avoid an Orlando drunk driving conviction) by attending significant continuing DUI education every year for help with your Orlando DUI case, call (407) DUI-HELP (407-384-4357) TODAY.
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