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How to Find a Good Lawyer in Maryland — 10 Questions to Ask

Since drunk driving laws in Maryland are complex and a conviction can follow you for life, finding a lawyer who is experienced in handling these types of cases should be your top priority.

It is advisable to interview a number of lawyers, especially since the initial consultation is usually free, and to become better equipped in finding the right lawyer to fight your case.

1. How many years have you concentrated your practice in DUI Defense?

DUI cases require extensive knowledge of constitutional law and criminal procedure, physiology of alcohol in the body, chemical testing of breath and blood, field sobriety testing, and trial skills. Try to determine whether the lawyer has a reputation of aggressively defending against drunk driving charges. The Alpert SchreyerAttorneys have successfully handled 1,000’s of cases in Criminal and DUI Defense.

2. Are you a Member of the National College of DUI Defense?

The National College for DUI Defense is a non-profit legal organization which is dedicated to providing advanced legal training to DUI/DWI defense attorneys. There are many seminars arranged every year including the NCDD Summer Session which is held at Harvard Law School We are members of the NCDD.

3.  What percentage of your cases involve DUI?

A lawyer can be in practice for a number of years but only handle DUI cases casually.  Being charged with DUI/DWI is a serious matter with serious consequences.  Do you want to put your future in the hands of a lawyer who devotes the majority of his or her practice to the defense of DUI cases or someone who handles the occasional DUI defense case?

4. How many DUI jury trials have you conducted?

You want an attorney who has courtroom experience.  The attorneys at Alpert Schreyer will fight your DUI to the fullest extent of the law.

5. How can the Breath tests, blood tests affect my case?

A complete understanding of the science involved in BAC chemical testing is critical in defending DUI cases. A good lawyer will dissect the results of these tests and bring out the inaccuracies in them or argue that proper procedure was not followed in order to cause them to be inadmissible in court.

6. What training have you received in the administration of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests?

Many of the best DUI attorneys themselves go through this police officer training, based on the curriculum of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. They know whether the field sobriety tests were conducted and evaluated properly and can point out the discrepancies in them. The attorneys at Alpert Schreyer are highly trained in the SFSTs and also in drug recognition.  In fact, attorney Andrew Alpert is a certified NHTSA field sobriety test instructor.

7. What unique tactics do you use to fight DUI cases?

A good DUI defense attorney should have extensive knowledge about law, health and forensic science to be able to successfully defend DUI cases.  Unlike a shoplifting case, for example, there is usually no physical evidence in a DUI case.  The evidence is usually the forensic reports from a blood, breath or urine test.  These are complex tests in which very specific procedures need to be followed.  At Alpert Schreyer, we investigate your case to make sure the tests are scientifically valid and are ready to challenge any discrepancies in court.

8. What were the outcomes in cases similar to mine?

A good attorney will not able to guarantee a specific outcome, but may have dealt with cases similar to yours and can raise concerns.  Beware of lawyers who are quick to convince you to opt for a plea bargain to avoid a fight to have the DUI charges dropped or reduced.

9. Which attorney will be handling my case?

Experience plays a big role in DUI cases.  Some firms may hand off your case to a junior lawyer.  At Alpert Schreyer, we make sure a qualified and highly trained attorney works your case.

10. What will it cost me to hire a good DUI lawyer?

When investigating different law firms you will find that the fees vary from lawyer to lawyer.  As is often the case in life, you get what you pay for.  If you hire a lawyer, you better make sure that the lawyer is a good lawyer. The good lawyers out there are busy and are often in Court, hopefully on a daily basis.  They are actively trying cases.  Lawyers only have so much time and they can only handle so many cases.  Lawyer fees normally reflect the amount of work that an attorney is planning to put into your case. There are a lot of lawyers out there who charge small fees and then do not do anything more on the case.  They will push your file through and plead guilty- quick in, quick out.

At Alpert Schreyer Poe, we take time to understand you and how this case will affect your life and your future.  We spend time studying your case and use every resource available to fight for your rights.  We take pride in fighting “impossible cases” which other attorneys turn down.

Call (301) 321-7277 now for a free detailed case evaluation.  After one meeting you will understand what sets Alpert Schreyer Poe apart from the rest.