01/19/14

Do You Face DUI Charges? How to Choose a Phoenix DUI Lawyer to Fight Your Case

When charged with DWI or DUI this can be a scary and traumatic experience to go through. You are probably experiencing feelings of Phoenix DUI attorneyregret, uncertainty about the looming consequences, frustration and concerns about the time and costs involved on trying to defend yourself. Penalties relating to these charges are usually severe, it is important for you to find legal advice and counseling on the probable outcomes and what you can expect from legal systems located in your jurisdiction. Now is the time to find a drunk driving lawyer that can assist you further with your case.


One of the best ways to find a good attorney is through recommendations from friends or family members who might have faced similar charges. Referrals are an excellent way to begin your search for a reputable Phoenix DUI lawyer. It is very important that you focus on finding an attorney that specializes in DUI charges. Be sure to extend your search to about three to five choices, most upstanding law firms will list the services and cases that they specialize in on their websites or online directories. The yellow pages or phone book may be able to assist you in finding a law firm as well as other media such as newspapers and flyers. One of the fastest ways to find a lawyer would be to search the state bar, they will more than likely know of the top rated DUI lawyers in the Maricopa County area.

Various lawyers offer a free or low cost initial consultation. This advantage will allow you to approach a few lawyers and ask relevant preliminary questions. You can additionally explain in detail how your DWI or DUI occurred and obtain information on what you can expect on the process that will follow relating to your specific case. These initial consultations will help you to make an informed decision on the legal team that you feel comfortable with and the one that you are able to afford. It is important to establish a good relationship with your lawyer in order to improve the outcome of your case. Be sure to obtain information on the lawyers experience relating to DUI charges. Another important question to ask some Phoenix DUI lawyers is the options that may be available to you.

Once you have conducted your research you are now ready to choose the lawyer that you will want to work with. It is important to maintain constant contact and to cooperate with your lawyer on requests that are made. Your lawyer is your lifeline and by offering your full cooperation you will more than likely receive a better outcome. Trust in the guidance and methods used by your lawyer and try to stay positive at all times. DUI lawyers that are experienced in this field and will know how to handle your case in the best way possible. Be sure to always be honest and provide your lawyer with all the necessary information needed to fight your case.

03/27/13

DUI Myths

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    • There is a myth that if the key is out of the ignition, you can’t get a DUI. Untrue.  In Rhode Island, operation of a vehicle can be inferred, which means you can still get a DUI even if you are out of the car. Police can feel if the hood of the car is warm or use witness testimony that you were driving.
    • There is a rumor that sucking a penny will alter the breathalyzer results. False, says Hagan.
    • There are many factors that determine a person’s BAC, so even if you followed the one drink per hour rule, you could be found over the legal limit on a chemical test and you may need the counsel of Miami DUI lawyers.

What could help your case in court?

  • If you were not provided the opportunity for an independent chemical test.
  • If you were not read your rights.
  • If you were not provided the opportunity to make a confidential phone call.
  • If you took the field sobriety tests, it could be argued they were not standardized or you do not fit the standard profile (medical conditions, weight, etc).

Should I hire a lawyer?

A lawyer can help negotiate a possible dismissal, get the charge amended to a lower offense or exercise a right to a trial. Lawyers are also typically more effective at cross-examining witness.

 

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03/24/13

Law Firm Marketing Strategies: 3 Keys To Reaping The Rewards of Relationships

I was recently coaching an attorney at a small east coast law firm who was lamenting how slow new business has become in the past few months. As we talked, I asked him, as I ask dozens of attorneys every week, “What have you done in the past 3 months to build relationships with potential referral partners?” He mentioned going to lunch a few times and speaking with a couple over the phone when they made a referral to him.

I asked him to open up his Outlook contact database; there were more than 200 non-client contacts in it including: accountants, financial planners, angel investors, business brokers, and private investment bankers.

Here’s the 3 keys I shared with him to develop the relationships in his “golden Rolodex.”

Law Firm Marketing Key 1: When It Comes to Referral Relationships Take an Active Role

There is a Jewish saying “A man who has friends must show himself to be friendly.” Don’t wait for someone to take the initiative and contact you be the first to reach out. In the last few years we have coached and trained over 6,000 attorneys and the ones who are the best rainmakers are the ones who make at least 3-4 contacts with potential referral sources every week.

Action Step: Take 2 minutes and scan your contact list. Select 15 to 20 names of potential or current referral sources and send them an email or better yet, pick up the phone and call them with an invitation for lunch or coffee. Set a goal of having three face-to-face meetings per week for the next month.

Here’s a sample script: “It’s been a while since we’ve connected. I was wondering what your schedule looks like for the next week. I’d like to get together with you for lunch or coffee, just to catch up, my treat. Let me know what dates would work better for you.”

Law Firm Marketing Key 2: Increase the Frequency of Your Contact

Try as we might, it’s difficult with our hectic schedules to meet with every potential referral source on a regular basis. Here’s one strategy I teach lawyers: Set up a Google Alert for a specific phrase that would be of interest to your referral sources such as “becoming a rainmaker.”

Collect interesting articles and keep them in a separate folder (Referral Articles). Once a month pull one out, print off a bunch of copies and attach a brief handwritten note on each copy (“I thought you might enjoy this article.”). Enclose your business card and mail a copy of the article to all of your referral sources.

Several of my clients have doubled and tripled their referrals in 6 months using this simple technique to stay in front of his referral sources on a frequent basis. You can set up a Google alert at: www.google.com/alerts

Law Firm Marketing Key 3: Focus on Serving Not Selling

When you meet with referral sources don’t make the mistake of dominating the conversation. You are there to listen and learn, not hear yourself talk. Any attempt to sell them on your services will be a complete waste of your time and theirs.

Look for ways you can serve them and their clients by connecting them with other resources or pointing them in the right direction regarding a legal issue. Ask a lot of questions about their business. For example:

* How did you first get started in your line of work?

* What are some of the major trends in your industry?

* What kinds of challenges do you face?

* What do you like best/worst about your job?

* And here’s the most important question: How will I know if I’m talking to someone who’s a good referral for you?

Educate them about your Ideal Target Market and how you can benefit their clients only after you have carefully listened to them.

Attorneys who want to become top Rainmakers don’t wait for the door to knock or the phone to ring or the referral to come in. They take the initiative, stay in touch, and focus on serving their referral sources, not selling them a service. Remember, people will forget what you tell them. They may even forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel.