Does a local lawyer help in a New Jersey DWI case?
“Does it help to hire a local attorney?”
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Does it help to hire a local lawyer in a DWI or DUI case?
Answer: Kinda… but it’s not that simple. The concept of hiring a local lawyer applies in being able to utilize relationships with the prosecutor and judge. For example, my main office is in Hackensack NJ. I get a ton of phone calls daily from this area, so I come into contact with the Hackensack prosecutor and judge frequently.
They know that I am a competent lawyer, and if there are any loopholes in this case that can be exploited, they know that I will attack these elements aggressively. As a result, if I want into a room to talk about the case and we agree that there were several mistakes made in the arrest, the prosecutor is far more likely to negotiate some type of plea instead of risking a loss on the day of a trial.
On the other hand, if the arrest is iron-clad, there were no mistakes, and somehow there is nothing that can be challenged about the DWI case, it wouldn’t matter if the prosecutor was my best friend and the judge is my Dad. They will not negotiate based on the fact that my office is across the street. Instead, they will throw the book at you and shake my hand heartily as I walk out of the room. The fact that I’m a local lawyer only plays a role in assessing my competence when exploiting existing loopholes and potential challenges in your case. If those exist, it becomes a very good thing that the judge and prosecutor know who I am. Otherwise, it doesn’t matter.
My recommendation is to talk to a few attorneys licensed to practice in the state of your arrest, and you will know which one is ready to fight, and who is just after your money.