The Difference Between a DUI Professional and a Wannabe

Robert Frost once said:

A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.

bad DUI lawyer
Do you seriously want him defending your DUI?

Choosing the right lawyer is a decision that can have a profound effect on the outcome of your case.  A good lawyer will do everything they can to protect your rights while a bad lawyer can lead to you getting falsely convicted.  The Innocence Project lists bad lawyering as one of the leading causes of false convictions.  The difference between truly professional lawyers and bad lawyers is even more pronounced in DUI cases where the bulk of the evidence is scientific and complex.

So how can the average client tell the difference between a good lawyer and a bad one?

Here are some tell-tale signs for you to keep in mind:

Professional DUI Lawyer Wannabe (DrumpTruck) DUI Lawyer
Goal: To Thoroughly and aggressively defend the rights of their clients Goal: To process their cases as quickly as possible
Limits their caseload to ensure every case is given the proper amount of time and attention Takes on as many clients as possible
Takes cases to trial and fights in the courtroom Pushes for a lot of guilty pleas and quick deals
Wants to fight your case Wants to get rid of you fast
Shows their commitment to DUI defense by spending their time and money to attend advanced DUI seminars Relies only on what they learned in law school (which is nothing about DUI)
Is willing to provide references from the top lawyers in the country The top lawyers in the country don’t know them
Uses expert witnesses at trials Doesn’t go to trials in the first place
Speaks in specific confident terms and keeps you informed Speaks in general non-specific terms and doesn’t focus on the details of the case
After all is said and done has done everything they can to get the best result possible Leaves you asking yourself “What if I had chosen a Professional?”
Justin McShane

PA DUI attorney Justin J. McShane is the President/CEO of The McShane Firm, LLC - Pennsylvania's top criminal law and DUI law firm. He is the highest rated DUI attorney in PA as rated by Justin McShane is a double Board certified attorney. He is the first and so far the only Pennsylvania attorney to achieve American Bar Association recognized board certification in DUI defense from the National College for DUI Defense, Inc. He is also a Board Certified Criminal Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, a Pennsylvania Supreme Court Approved Agency.

3 responses to “The Difference Between a DUI Professional and a Wannabe”

  • Absolutely spot on, as usual. But no matter how many times the message is repeated, most of the general public believes that all lawyers provide adequate representation.

  • I guess it comes down to what is your goal. We only pick up cases that we know we can make a meaningful difference. Otherwise, we are just robbing folks of their hard-earned money. That should have been another comparison point. They will take any old case regardless of the merits. We will only take on a case if we know we can really help.

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