>>Ryan: We are with David Shapiro. David
Shapiro is a DUI lawyer in San Diego, California. He’s agreed to answer the online questions.
This question was actually very specific. You should probably know the answer to it.
How do I find a good lawyer for DUI?>>David: Well, I think a lot of it has to
do with how you find a good lawyer in general. I think DUI’s is a little niche within criminal
defense. So the first thing you want to do is make sure you list down an attorney who
is presentable, an attorney who is not going to hurt you with their poor reputation. Because
a lot of attorneys are hacks, who call themselves criminal defense attorneys whether it’s because
they can’t get a job doing other stuff and think it’s easy to do criminal defense, which
is not or people were just not good attorneys, not good advocates, not good representation
of the people they’re supposed to be representing. You want to hire an attorney who has been
around, who has good experience, who has a good reputation and who is presentable and
approachable. Someone who either themselves or their staff, you can get a hold of and
have your questions answer in a timely manner whether it is felony DUI or whether it is
a first time DUI. Your case is important and you want to make sure you have an attorney
who surrounds himself with the right people. Who has that experience, trial experience,
motion experience is very important as well. I have my fair share of DUI jury trials. I
have done my fair share of suppression motions, issues related to DUI cases. A lot of attorneys
may claim to be DUI attorneys and they might have done one or two DUI trials in their career.
We are all there at one point in time. I’m not mocking them for that. They are going
to need to go out there, work, and hustle. From your perspective, all of us being equal,
that attorney charge this much and another attorney with a lot more experience who is
charging that much. You could do both. Hire a better attorney with a practical in-court
experience. Another thing to be weary of is there are attorneys out there and say, “I’ve
been in practice for 25-30 years. Why are you going to hire someone like David Shapiro
who’s been just practicing for 7 years?” You are going to look at not how long that person
has been in practice, not how long he has been in practice but how many cases they have
done. So if I have over thousand cases in my career and some guys who’ve been doing
25 years is on 500 cases, who are you going to hire? You should hire the attorney who
has more experience, more value not just years in practice. Well you can do years in practice
doing wills and trusts for the state, you can do years of practice playing golf, you
can do years in practice doing civil defense stuff, not DUI defense, not criminal defense.
That is something as well. You also want to ask your attorney or the attorney�s staff
who you consider hiring, “Hey is he going to DUI seminars? Are they keeping up to date
with the law? Do they have that experience?” We have a thing here in San Diego where it
is a criminal defense [00:02:57.00] sort like we attorneys circulate questions to other
attorneys and I am amazed by some of the questions that people ask. There are people who hold
themselves out there to be great criminal defense minds, great DUI attorney minds. I
think it is a good search. I think it is a good stop. And there is so much case that
has happened in the last two yours. This is “No, it’s not”. You might have an issue with
the blood draw. You might have an issue with the stop. You want to make sure you hire someone
who is up to date with the law. There’s a lot of timepieces. People who may have done
a lot of DUI’s 20, 15, 10 years ago and now, they are human plea for�s, meaning they
go in the court and, “I don’t want to go to the trial. Plead to the same thing I could
have pleaded to six months ago from my client. I really does not compensating you. Whatever
an attorney’s got a plan a plea. And you want to ask him how are they going to implement
that plan with your case. Now, it’s difficult for the attorney in a lot of situations to
give you real concrete answer because when someone comes in they got arrested for DUI.
I do not have the discovery; I do not have the reports. All I know was maybe the chemical
test, the blood test. What the results were and what my clients’ account is of the events.
But one of the jury asks, “Hey, what do you do? How you deal with high blood alcohol levels?
How do you deal with driving defense DUI cases? What have you done in similar cases where
my team is hopeless? Why should I hire you? What’s your plan?” You want to make sure that
attorney or the very least of people who work for that attorney are able to tell you exactly
what that attorney does. How they turn hopeless cases, are able to [00:04:34.00], and may
get you the best result as good result but not better than anybody else out there. Those
are really important questions. You do not want to necessarily hire the person who advertises
the best, who has the fanciest website, who charges the most money. Sometimes those are
the better attorneys, sometimes they are not. So you really want to be careful about that.
You need to look at the reviews. We need to look at the attorney�s reputation within
a community. We are looking how the prosecutors, how the judges look at that attorney. Whether
they laugh at them and whether they think they are not very smart, whether they think
they are not very presentable or respectable at the court and in the court stand. All those
things are going to pick the right attorney.>>Ryan: All right. Hopefully that answers
your question. If you have additional questions, you can post them in the comments below. David,
Thank you for your time.>>David: My pleasure. Thank you.