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Posted by Leigh Ann Bauer | May 16, 2020 | 0 Comments


Like all Alaskans, it is the time for us to get out and enjoy the wonderful summer days and nights.  However, with all the fun comes drinking and sometimes people can make a mistake by drinking and driving.

Getting a DUI can be overwhelming for any person, that is where finding the right attorney comes in.  the right attorney can step into your shoes and make you feel safe and calm because you know no matter what that they have your back no matter what.  But who is the right attorney for you?  How do you sort through the ads and find the right attorney for you?

Here are some things to consider:

Are they SFST and DataMaster Certified?  This can make the difference in getting a conviction or a dismissal.  I am one of the few Alaska attorneys that have taken the extra steps to get my certification for the National College of DUI Defense (NCDD).

Experience. Consider the experience level of the attorney. Although the amount of time that the attorney has been practicing is important, it doesn't always capture the entire picture. I would want to know the amount of recent criminal cases that the attorney has handled, and the outcome of the cases. The attorney should be able to easily answer this question.

Location. Relationships and reputation matter. Knowing the local rules is important. Hiring an attorney from outside the area might not be the best idea. You should ask if the attorney regularly practices in front of the Judge, and with the prosecutors who will handle your case. You are at a disadvantage when your attorney doesn't have a good reputation with the people who will control your case.

Availability. Being charged with a crime is life-changing and stressful. You will have many questions and the attorney you choose should be available to answer them. I am available to my clients 24/7. When a client has a question, I am the one to answer it. I handle every aspect of your case personally and I am available to answer any question. Having a lawyer who is available to you is critical.

Reviews. Most people that I know wouldn't go to a new restaurant without reading the reviews. Your attorney should have many thorough and recent reviews.

Cost. You get what you pay for. If the fee is low you might be getting an attorney who is handling a high volume of cases, or worse, an attorney who has little experience. Although a high fee isn't always a sign of better service, it is a mistake to hire an attorney based on low cost alone.

I find that some people spend more time shopping for a new computer than they do interviewing and comparing attorneys. The decision that you make on which advocate you will have by your side in this important time will have lasting consequences. Do your homework and make an informed choice.

About the Author

Leigh Ann Bauer

I decided to become a lawyer while working for my father's law firm when I was in high school. I watched my father try cases, and decided that I wanted to become a trial attorney. In 1984 I spent a year abroad, studying at the Gymnasium Mussenredder in Hamburg, Germany. I graduated from the Univ...


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