There are certain aspects of your case that your
criminal defense lawyer should discuss with you. For instance, he or she should take time
to explain the elements of the offense to you. The elements of the offense
are what the prosecution has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt in order
to get a conviction. If one or more of those elements is missing, any
information that you have regarding the specifics of your case may actually
help you get an acquittal.
Additionally, your Orange County DUI lawyer should make very clear to you
what lies ahead, particularly with regard to the workings of the criminal
justice system, as well as the implications of any plea negotiations,
alternative sentencing or conviction. Equally important, though, is an
explanation of the
drunk driving (or underlying) charge. Your attorney should inform you of all the possible
consequences of the charge, to include all possible defenses and fines;
whether or not you can be found civilly liable for damages; the maximum
and minimum penalties that are established by law for the offense; and
the possibility of license revocation or suspension.
Another topic that your attorney should discuss with you is the issue of
perjury. Perjury occurs when you make false statements under oath, and
your attorney should explain the consequences of you committing perjury,
both in terms of the possible penalties that can be imposed on you and
what steps your attorney is likely to take if he or she is aware of your
plans to lie while on the stand.
You and your attorney should also discuss any fee arrangements in detail,
and the attorney should require you to verify in writing that the
fee arrangement has been thoroughly explained and that you agree to it. These types of
arrangements typically include any amount of retainer that is required,
the charges that are associated with expert testimony (if required), and
there should be mention of who will bear the costs of any disbursements
that need to be made. Frank discussions of these finances will satisfy
the attorney's ethical requirements and should help to avoid future
disagreements. If you need an Orange County criminal attorney, please
call The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs for a free consultation.