A DUI attorney is first and foremost a trained and license lawyer. If you are interested in building a lucrative practice built around defending those accused of vehicle-related crimes, you need to build general experience as an attorney.
To become a lawyer, a person must be fully trained in the law of the country in which they reside; they can also be called attorneys 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 either a civil or criminal case he may be called an advocate; while they are able to appear in court to represent their clients some prefer this work more than others. When employed to provide advice on the law they are known as legal advisors; this occurs when a client merely wants help on a legal matter or guidance in how to proceed in a case.
Trial lawyers have greater familiarity with courtroom rules and strategy; of particular importance in trial work is the ability to think quickly and speak with ease and authority.Trial lawyers actually spend more of their time outside the court; they investigate the case they are representing, talk to witnesses and arranging evidence, for example. DUI attorneys are usually trial lawyers.
Many areas of law now exist to meet the needs of a complex society; examples of just a few are show below:
- Criminal Law
- Civil Law
- Divorce and Family Law
- Identity Theft
It depends on the field they practice in, as to whether they will use their skills in a courtroom!
A growth area for attorneys in recent years is that of intellectual property rights; an area that has increased owing to the use of digital products; music and video for example. Legal departments within insurance companies also employ specialist lawyers; insurance contracts and claims are often investigated which is an are where their expert knowledge will be invaluable.
Despite these different areas of legislature, most attorneys will practice in the field of either criminal or civil law; in criminal law, they represent individuals who have been charged with crimes – such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs – and argue their cases in courts of law; while civil law affects areas like wills, trusts and mortgages for example.
So if you want to become a DUI attorney, you need to become a criminal litigator and gain trial experience. Your skills will most likely be put to the test in front of juries and you will need great oratory skills to persuade a jury of your client’s innocence – or at least engender some doubt in their minds as to his or her guilt. You will also need to familiarize yourself with all aspects of the law related to motor vehicles, alcohol intoxication, drug use and possession, and other areas. Once you are ready, try doing some pro bono work to develop some experience with DUI cases – these clients are often desperate for any kind of help and the public defenders don’t typically do much for them. After you have a few DUI cases under your belt you’ll find that paying clients will make your life as a DUI lawyer a fruitful one indeed.