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Why Should I Retain A DWI Attorney?

Got a DUI? Why Retain a DUI Attorney?

Many attorneys claim to represent people charged with DUI/DWI offenses yet they have not yet received the exceptionally lengthy and intense training needed to properly defend those case. Some area to consider long and hard are listed below.

  • How much of the attorney’s practice is devoted to DUI/DWI defense? In Attorney Kodzis' case, about 70% of his practice is devoted to defending people charged with drunk driving offenses.

  • Is DUI a primary area that the attorney practices in, or is he or she handling your case as a favor? When your liberty is at stake, the best favor is to point you in the direction of an experienced criminal defense lawyer, not representing you in an area in which the attorney seldom practices.

  • What kind of specialized training have they received in the area of defending drunk driving cases? Done properly, drunk driving defense is one of the most technical matters in the law.

  • Does the lawyer take matters to trial, or do they usually plea cases out? A plea can be a viable way to resolve a case in the right case. Does that attorney have the skill and knowledge to accurately and thoroughly evaluate the case to begin with is a question you should consider long and hard. Some attorneys may plead out a case with no real effort or evaluation of the merits of the case.

Some attorneys, while fine in other areas of law, may not have the experience or specific DWI defense training to effectively challenge the evidence at trial.

The New York Times in early August 2015 described a DUI in Baltimore that totally ran off the tracks. As described in the article the allegations did not present a set of facts that are particularly unusual or disturbing. There is no indication from the article regarding whether there was consideration of the several common defenses present in nearly all DUI's. Then, once the plea was entered, the conditions of probation were shockingly oppressive. The lady ended up losing her job and spending time in jail for conditions that were largely beyond her control; and that could have been avoided. There were several possible ways forward at that point; apparently none were pursued.

The cases can be won, and better outcomes achieved. I would never see my dentist for severe chest pains; you should’t see a family law attorney for a criminal, drunk driving or traffic case.

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Attorney Richard (Dick) Kodzis offers anyone who has been arrested (and those who are seeking an attorney to represent another who has been arrested) a free initial meeting. He is also willing to make in-home, hospital and prison visits if clients cannot meet him at his office in Pasadena, Maryland.

Law Office of Richard Kodzis
Phone: 410-729-1080
Fax: 443-926-9612
Physical Address: 8611 Fort Smallwood Road, Pasadena, MD 21122
Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 502 Millersville, MD 21108

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