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How to Find the Best DUI Attorney in Ocean City, Maryland?

If you have been charged with DUI/DWI in Salisbury or Ocean City, Maryland, then you need a good attorney to represent you for these serious criminal charges.  But how do you find the best defense lawyer to represent you for your DUI in Ocean City or Salisbury?  This task can be especially difficult if you are not a local resident.  If you were just visiting Ocean City on vacation it is unlikely that you know anyone who used a criminal defense attorney in Ocean City.  I suggest that you ignore desperate direct mail advertisements.

The internet is a valuable resource for identifying attorneys who practice in Ocean City and Salisbury, Maryland, but information on-line can be overwhelming and often misleading.  Visit the attorney's website and review it thoroughly.  Is the website professional, thorough and well organized?  Does it contain useful video, contact links, chat services, and blog information.  Does the site have photographs of the attorneys and detailed information about the attorney's background, experience and education.  Closely examine contact information such as office address and phone number.

First, I recommend seeking an attorney that routinely represents DUI/DWI clients specifically in Salisbury and Ocean City.  The attorney should have an office in or near Ocean City or Salisbury.  A DUI lawyer who routinely appears in Ocean City and Salisbury District Court will know the procedures of the local judges, prosecutors and the police officers. The City of Salisbury is a good place to find an attorney to represent you in Ocean City because it is only a 30 minute drive from the beach resort.  Many lawyers who advertise that they represent clients in Ocean City actually have offices in the Baltimore area.  This is a three hour drive from Ocean City.  You may pay a premium for this distant lawyer's travel time to and from court.

You also want to find an attorney in Ocean City or Salisbury who has experience representing DUI/DWI clients in the District Court of Maryland.  A lawyer who frequently defends DUI charges will be better equiped to get you good results in your case.  Attorneys who dabble in DUI cases may miss critical defenses or mitigation in your case.  Former prosecutors (Assistant State's Attorneys) are a safe bet to represent you for your DUI/DWI case in Ocean City, Maryland, because you know they have extensive criminal law experience.

When you are charged with DUI/DWI in Ocean City or Salisbury, Maryland, you also want to find a defense attorney that will personally talk to you about your case.  Many large firms from the Baltimore/D.C. Metro area use paralegals for client consultations and case preparation.  You want to talk directly to your actual attorney before you see her in the courtroom for your DUI case.  When you call a DUI lawyer for a consultation you should expect to speak to the actual attorney who will represent you.

When you speak to a potential attorney about your DUI case in Ocean City or Salisbury, Maryland, consider or ask the following: Does the attorney seem knowledgeable about defending DUI/DWI cases?  Does the attorney take the time to ask you questions about your DUI case and your background?  Does the attorney communicate clearly and effectively?  Is the attorney knowledgeable about the MVA consequences of your DUI?  Does the attorney have an office in or near Ocean City, Maryland?  What percentage of the attorney's practice is dedicated to criminal defense?

Hopefully this information will help you to find the best DUI/DWI attorney in Ocean City or Salisbury, Maryland.

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