What Should You Bring to Your First Meeting With a DUI Lawyer?
If you’re facing drunk driving charges in the Dunedin, Florida, area, you’ve probably begun searching for a DUI lawyer to represent you in court. Before signing a retainer agreement, you’ll want to sit down with the lawyer to discuss the facts of your case and ask some questions. To take full advantage of this consultation, be sure to bring the following with you:
An experienced DUI lawyer will be able to collect ample information from the paperwork associated with your arrest, so make sure to bring copies (if any) of your:
- Arrest report
- Blood/breath test report
- Roadside sobriety test report
- Search inventory report
The lawyer will also want to see any videotape that you have of the arrest. This includes videotape that you, a passenger, or another witness may have taken, as well as videotape that you may have obtained from the arresting officer’s body camera or dashboard camera (if any).
If you choose to hire the DUI lawyer, they’ll need to know when to appear on your behalf, so bring along any documents listing the date and time of upcoming court proceedings. You’ll also want to bring:
- Bail paperwork
- Bail bond agency paperwork
- Complaint filed by the prosecutor’s office
- Prior conviction paperwork (if any)
If you haven’t done so already, you should write down as much as you can remember about your arrest while it’s still fresh in your mind. Try to include:
- What you were doing in the hours before the arrest
- How you were driving before you were arrested
- Where/when you were arrested
- What the officer said and did during the arrest
- How you performed on field sobriety tests
- What happened after you were arrested
It would also be very helpful to bring along a list of names of anyone connected to the case, which may include victims and witnesses. Lawyers have to abide by conflict of interest rules, so the DUI lawyer will need to check whether they’ve represented any of those individuals in the past.
If you’re looking for a DUI lawyer in the Dunedin, FL, area, your search can end with Charles Holloway. He offers free initial consultations and is extremely flexible — if you’re unable to meet during our office hours (weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), he’ll be glad to arrange a time that works for you in the evening or on a weekend.