If you are charged with DWI, you are likely to have very little time between your arrest and your court date to prepare an effective defense. Since the Texas criminal justice system can be harsh on an unrepresented DWI defendant, it is imperative that you contact a top-tier Houston DWI lawyer as soon as you can. Since your choice of which lawyer to represent you could turn out to be the most important factor determining the outcome of your case, nothing could be more important than knowing what qualities to look for in a DWI defense lawyer.
DWI defendants looking for a criminal defense lawyer must balance two competing concerns. On one hand, selecting a lawyer who charges exorbitant legal fees to win an acquittal or a plea bargain forces the defendant to choose between his wealth and his freedom. On the other hand, selecting a “discount” lawyer could result in an inadequate defense and even unnecessary incarceration. Finding a balance between these two extremes will require you to find a DWI lawyer who offers value – affordable financial arrangements combined with skilled and committed representation.
Houston DWI defense attorney Mario Madrid, for example, represents his clients for affordable legal fees. He is willing to work with defendants who can’t afford to pay upfront by offering payment plans that are tailored to his client’s individual financial needs.
A lawyer only a few months out of law school can represent a DWI defendant, as can a lawyer who specializes in corporate mergers and has little understanding of the principles of DWI defense. To effectively fight a DWI charge, you will need a lawyer with extensive experience in criminal law. Mario Madrid has been certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and he is a member of the National College for DUI Defense. His broad experience in the Texas criminal justice system provides him with a unique perspective shared by few of his peers.
Mr. Madrid enjoyed six years of experience as a Houston criminal law judge, which provides him with an understanding of how a judge is likely to interpret and weigh evidence. His three years of experience as an Assistant District Attorney provided him with even more valuable experience in trying cases from a prosecutor’s perspective. Mr. Madrid’s experience as a prosecutor helps him to predict the prosecution’s strategy in advance and, if necessary, to effectively negotiate plea bargains that could spare a DWI defendant jail time and a criminal record.
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A good DWI lawyer can provide you with more than just an effective defense in court – he can also with the legal advice you need to accidentally avoid damaging your own case (by talking about your case to the police, for example). If you have been charged with DWI in the Houston, Texas metropolitan area, call Madrid Law, PLLC at 713-877-9400 for a free initial evaluation of your case so that we can discuss your legal options together.