When Should I Hire A DWI Defense Attorney?

In order to give your Fort Bend DWI defense attorney plenty of time to gather the facts and prepare to defend you, it is important that you hire a Houston criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible. If you have been arrested and cannot afford the bond that has been set for you, a Fort Bend attorney is needed to file a motion to reduce the bond amount.

How Do I Select My DWI Defense Lawyer?

Gather the names of several attorneys that specialize in DWI defense and make a list of questions you would like to ask him/her. If the law office has a website, you can check the answers to many of your questions before meeting with the DWI attorney. Once you have some answers, narrow down your list and decide on a few defense attorneys to interview. You should meet with at least a couple of DWI lawyers to make sure your personalities are a good fit (many DWI attorneys, including David Kiatta, do not charge for this initial meeting). Some of the things you may want to know are:

  • Does the defense lawyer specialize in what you need? For example, in a DWI criminal matter, you will probably want an attorney who specializes in DWI, such as David Kiatta.
  • How experienced is the attorney in defending a DWI? Note: the DWI attorney can make no guarantees to your outcome, but knowing how many other DWI cases like yours he/she has had should be noted.
  • Does the DWI lawyer bill by a flat fee or hourly? If flat fee, what is that fee? If hourly, what is the hourly rate? What additional costs must the DWI lawyer discuss with you prior to accumulating? Will the defense attorney work with your financial situation and spread out payments?
  • Is there a written contract explaining the agreement, including cost and services included?
  • How will you reach the attorney in the event that you have questions? What is his/her policy for returning calls and emails? What if you have questions after hours or on weekends?

What Should I Expect From A DWI Defense Attorney?

  • Honest, straight-forward advice, including both the good and bad points of your case. Note: Any DWI attorney who guarantees or attempts to promise a particular outcome to the case should not be hired.
  • Your interests first, above all else. He/she should never make agreements or deals without your input or approval.
  • Clear and prompt communication. He/she should share information about the case without waiting for you to ask.
  • Copies of all documentation related to your DWI case.
  • The attorney should follow your directions, unless you have asked him/her to do something unethical. Remember, you are the client and the one who is paying for representation.

What Are My Rights If Arrested For A DWI?

A few of your basic rights are:

  • The right to remain silent ( It is rarely in your best interest to talk to police with out talking to an attorney first)
  • The right to an attorney (if you cannot afford one, you have the right to request that one be appointed to you)
  • The right to have this attorney present during any questioning by law enforcement or the prosecution
  • The right to end any questioning at the time of your choosing
  • The right to a fair trial
  • Any statements made can be used against you in court, so you therefore have the right to not make any statements

How Is Bail Set?

Many things are considered when determining the amount of a bond in Fort Bend County or Harris County, such as:

  • The charge against the accused
  • Prior record of the accused, including any history of prior DWI charges
  • Whether the accused is at risk for leaving the country
  • Whether the accused is considered a threat to the community

How Do I Arrange For A Bail Bond?

A friend or family member wishing to assist a person charged with a DWI should first contact a DWI criminal defense attorney, such as David Kiatta (713-785-8005), or a bail bond company for help. The Fort Bend attorney, Houston attorney or the bonding company can check the status of the arrested person in Fort Bend county court or Harris County court. When the processing is complete and the arrested person is eligible to make bond and be released, the bonding company or the Houston DWI attorney will contact the family member or friend and let him/her know the details of the bond, including costs, which court in Fort Bend County or Harris County, and when the person should be released.

If the bond amount is high, be sure to discuss it with a criminal DWI defense attorney prior to posting to see if he/she can get the amount reduced.

What Do I Do After The Bond Is Posted?

If a person is released on bond, it is crucial that he/she follow the rules of the bond and also arrive on time to all court appointments. If any of the regulations are violated, the bond can be revoked, and the person will be returned to jail. It is also important to hire an experienced DWI defense attorney in Sugar Land, Fort Bend or Houston, Harris County to make sure your rights are protected throughout the process. The right to know what you are charged with. Call Sugar Land DWI attorney David Kiatta for proper DWI legal representation in Fort Bend or Harris County today at 713-785-8005.