If you’ve been charged with driving under the influence, you’re facing a pretty serious charge, one that could have many long-term repercussions in your life. If convicted, you will be subject to fines, possible jail time, and impacts to your work and social life.
You must mount a strong and immediate legal defense if you want to have your case dismissed or your penalties reduced. Finding the right attorney to handle your case is the first order of business. On the surface, there are many competent attorneys in Massachusetts and New Hampshire that can represent you, but before you make a final decision, you need to undertake your own due diligence to make sure you get the best possible representation.
When looking for a DUI defense attorney, you’ll want to retain one that has several years of experience with cases such as yours. You’ll also want to know the attorney’s success rate as well. In addition, you’ll want to know if the attorney representing you has experience with the particular court and/or judge you will be facing when you have your case heard. That familiarity can pay dividends that will benefit you as you work your way through the process. Your attorney should also be a good negotiator so that they can work to perhaps strike some kind of plea bargain to have your penalties reduced, saving you time and money.
Many attorneys meet these criteria, but there is one more standard that sets very few attorneys apart from most others. There are just a very select few who have taken it upon themselves to become a Board Certified DUI Defense Specialist. Undertaking this rigorous certification signals a deep commitment to specializing in DUI defense cases.
To be Board Certified, an applicant must pass written and oral testing to prove they have significant knowledge in this particular area of law. Examinations focus on scientific issues, NHTSA guidelines on field sobriety tests and drug recognition tests and a broad spectrum of other legal and ethical issues related to drunk driving cases. Applicants who seek certification must also satisfy certain minimum legal practice requirements and maintain an active DUI defense practice going forward.
Bowser Law serves clients in communities throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire.