A DUI attorney is first and foremost a trained and licensed attorney. If you’re interested in building a lucrative practice built around defending those accused of vehicle-related crimes, you’ll need to build general experience as an attorney.
To become a lawyer, a person must be fully trained in the law of the country where he lives; they may also be referred to as lawyers and act as both advocates and advisors in American society, but the roles may be separate in other countries. When a lawyer appears in court to represent a client in a civil or criminal case, he may be referred to as an attorney; while they may appear in court to represent their clients, some prefer this work more than others. When appointed to provide legal advice, they are known as legal advisers; this happens when a client just wants help with a legal matter or guidance in prosecuting a case.
Litigation attorneys are more familiar with courtroom rules and strategy; of particular importance in process work is the ability to think quickly and to speak with ease and authority. Litigation lawyers spend even more time out of court; for example, they investigate the case they represent, speak to witnesses and arrange evidence. DUI attorneys are usually trial attorneys.
Many jurisdictions now exist to meet the needs of a complex society; examples of just a few are shown below:
- inheritance law
- Criminal law
- Civil right
- Divorce and Family Law
- Identity theft
It depends on the field they practice in whether they will use their skills in a courtroom!
A growth area for lawyers in recent years has been that of intellectual property rights; an area that has increased through the use of digital products; music and video for example. Legal departments within insurance companies also employ specialized lawyers; insurance contracts and claims are often scrutinized and their expert knowledge is therefore invaluable.
Despite these different areas of law, most lawyers will practice in either criminal or civil law; in criminal law, they represent individuals charged with crimes – such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs – and advocate in courts; while civil law, for example, covers areas such as wills, trusts and mortgages.
So, if you want to become a DUI attorney, you must become a criminal attorney and gain litigation experience. Your skills will most likely be put to the test in front of juries, and you’ll need great oratorical skills to convince a jury of your client’s innocence – or at least put some doubt in their minds about his or her guilt. You should also familiarize yourself with all aspects of the law related to motor vehicles, alcohol intoxication, drug use and possession, and other areas. If you’re up for it, try doing some pro bono work to gain experience with DUI cases – these clients are often desperate for any kind of help and the public defenders usually don’t do much for them. After you have a few DUI cases under your belt, you will find that paying clients will indeed make your life as a DUI attorney a fruitful one.