How long should I wait to hire an attorney?
I received DWI on new years eve and bonded out. I haven't heard anything from the court. Do I need an attorney right away or should I wait and see what happens?
7 attorney answers
You need to hire an experienced DWI attorney today!! You only have 15 days from the date of your arrest to request an ALR Hearing with the Department of Public Safety to prevent the automoatic suspension of your Driver License. Good Luck!!
Yes, you should hire an attorney immediately. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you only have 15 days to attempt to save your driver's license from being suspended. Also a good DUI/DWI attorney will want to have a hearing on your license revocation because he/she can learn a lot of useful information at that hearing. It is also important for the attorney to visit the scene of the arrest to take pictures and interview potential witnesses while the events are recent in their memory.
Yes you need to hire an attorney immediately. You only have 15 days to request a hearing on your driver's license suspension.
If you can't afford an attorney right now or don't want to rush into a decision you can request the ALR hearing yourself. The information on how to do it is on your paperwork and you can even request one online. You definitely want to get one soon though.
As the others mentioned, the sooner you hire an attorney the better. In Lubbock, it typically takes several months before the DA officially files charges, at which point you will hear from the court. Additionally, it is extremely rare for DWI charges not to be filed in Lubbock County. This means you almost certainly will be hearing from the court at some point in the future. The best thing to do is meet with several attorneys now so that you can find the best person to represent you, and along with your attorney, you can begin to develop a plan for your defense. This would also give you an idea of what it will cost to hire an attorney so you have more time to save money, if necessary.
You should contact an attorney as soon as possible. The reason being is that just because you have not heard anything from the court doesn't mean that there is no case against you and even if you didn't hear from the court for quite some time because they may just not be ready to file on you. This does not mean that they will not file on you. Additionally, you may have some DMV issues going on that need to be addressed. It would be prudent of you to contact an attorney as soon as possible to help you with understanding the process a little more and give you advice on what to do next.