Do DUI attorneys need to have certification? 95 Answers as of June 14, 2013

Do DUI attorneys need to have certification? Should I look for a specific license when hiring an attorney for my DUI case?

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Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
The best way to find a good criminal defense, including a DUI lawywer, is, just as with any kind of attorney, by referral from a friend or another attorney who is familiar with the attorney's work. If that is not possible you should attempt to find a criminal law specialist certified by the State Bar of California. While this not a guarantee that you will feel that that attorney is the right person for you, it is still a guarantee of experience and reputation in that he or she has achieved that status from his own profession. In addition you can always go to local bar association Lawyer Referral Service. These services also screen the attorneys to whom they provide cases for basic experience in the area. The worst way to find an attorney is from the jail mail that one receives after an arrest. These attorneys merely pay someone for access to this information and appears the only way they get clients, not a good recommendation. Finally, with regard to DUI's I would stay away from most DUI specialists who are often nothing more than high volume mills who take discount retainers and do little more than plead you guilty at the earliest opportunity without investigating the case thoroughly. However you select should be someone with whom you fee comfortable, can talk to and whom you can trust. And no, DUI lawyers do not have a special certification.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/20/2012
Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
There is no separate certification or license for an attorney to represent someone for a DUI. Any attorney admitted to practice in the state the case is in can represent someone on a DUI.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 6/21/2012
Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC
Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC | Jacob Peter Sartz IV
Certain attorneys have taken specialized training regarding certain procedures and testing. Generally speaking, those lawyers tend to devote a vast majority of their practice to that area. No, those certifications aren't necessary as long as the lawyer, of course, is validly licensed to practice law and is competent enough in the area to represent a client. However, the experience and additional training from those certifications may be beneficial with certain types of claims.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/11/2012
Gregory Casale Attorney at Law
Gregory Casale Attorney at Law | Gregory Casale
There is no need to be certified. You should look for a lawyer that does a lot of DUI cases in the court where you are charged. You basically want someone with experience with the type of charge that you have, regardless of what it is. DUI (OUI actually) is a charge that is often triable because of the elements and facts so a few of us try a lot of those cases. Look for a lawyer who indicates OUI cases in their ads and then call to make sure.
Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
Replied: 6/7/2012
Michael Breczinski
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
No any attorney can handle one but you want an attorney that does this type of work. Ask them if they handle these cases.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/4/2012
    Palumbo and Kosofsky
    Palumbo and Kosofsky | Michael Palumbo
    No certification required. You should look to retain counsel that are former police officers.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 5/25/2012
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C.
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C. | Craig Elhart
    No. However, many attorneys specialize in DUI cases.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/23/2012
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
    Any licensed attorney can represent you on a DUI charge. There are no specific certifications, only experience in the area of law. But any attorney, regardless of experience, can practice law in any area as long as he is competent in that area, even if he has no prior experience.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 5/23/2012
    Law Offices of Kate Mesic, PA
    Law Offices of Kate Mesic, PA | Kate L. Mesic
    There is no certification for DUI, however I would suggest you hire someone who specializes in criminal cases and DUI. You can also look for board certified criminal lawyers.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Glass Defense Firm
    Glass Defense Firm | Jason M. Glass
    No they do not. But, you should ask them regarding their training in the DUI field. First off, ask if they are a member of the National College for DUI Defense or the West Virginia DUI Defense Lawyers Association. Next, any competent DUI attorney should be certified in the administration of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. Also ask if they have been certified to run the Intoximeter EC/IR II, the breath machine used in West Virginia (here's a hint, there are only 2 in WV, and yours truly is 1). Ask them what percent of their practice is made up of DUI cases, any serious DUI Defense attorney should be well over 80%. Then ask them how many national DUI seminars they have been to. That should give you a good start to determine if the attorney you are speaking with is truly a DUI defense attorney or just stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night.
    Answer Applies to: West Virginia
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    LEATHERS LAW FIRM
    LEATHERS LAW FIRM | A. Wade Leathers, Sr.
    No. But you do need an attorney who is knowledgeable with the defense of the DUI laws.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Salladay Law Office | Lance Salladay
    No there is no certification required, but you should look for an attorney with experience.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Germaine & Blaszka, P.A.
    Germaine & Blaszka, P.A. | Donald L. Blaszka, Jr.
    DUI attorneys do not need have any certification other than a law license for the state that they practice in. You should look for an attorney who is experienced in handling DUI cases and is able to explain both the Administrative License Suspension process and potential penalties through the Department of Safety and the trial process and potential penalties for the court in which your case will be heard.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Anderson Law Office
    Anderson Law Office | Scott L. Anderson
    You need to find a criminal defense attorney, particularly one that has dui experience. Look for an attorney that has good reviews or get referred by someone you know.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Harvath Law Offices | Michael T. Harvath
    No, there is not any form of certification that is necessary for attorneys to handle DUI or other alcohol-related violations. There are two separate proceedings in a DUI charge. The first is the process that occurs with the Department of Revenue whereby they will suspend your license for any charge of driving under the influence. This process is separate from the legal, or court, process. The second proceeding is the court process. The prosecuting attorney will use evidence, including police officer testimony, brethalyzer or other intoxication test results, and police report narrative to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were driving under the influence. If you are convicted, you will suffer the court-imposed penalties, including fines, alcohol classes, jail time, and probation. The first thing an attorney does when representing a DUI charge client is to carefully review all the evidence and determine if a specific legal defense exists. If a defense is available, it is possible for the attorney to have the charge completely dismissed. In the event that legal defenses do not exist (after looking at all evidence), an attorney can work out a plea agreement with the prosecuting attorneys that will result in substantially less serious penalties and a reduced charge that will not have the negative effects that a DUI conviction on your permanent record would have. Some of the factors that we typically look at, that are relevant, include: the level of intoxication based on the test results, the criminal history, or lack thereof, of our client, the training of the police officer (was the officer well trained in giving the intoxication tests). These are the pieces of evidence that a potential defense can be developed from. More facts are necessary to determine the likely outcome of your charge, however.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Law Office of Christopher G Humphrey PC | Christopher G Humphrey
    The Wyoming bar does not certify any attorney as an expert in any area of law. You can contact national dui defense organizations to find out which attorneys in your area are members of that organization. At least you will know that the attorney is recieving training from national dui defense organizations.
    Answer Applies to: Wyoming
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law | Thomas J. Tomko
    Any attorney who is licensed by the state can represent you in Court. There is not a special certificate or license for a DUI charge. You would be best advised to consider hiring an attorney with experience in this area.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Alvin Lundgren | Alvin Lundgren
    Not in the state of Utah.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Law Office of Brian K. Wanerman
    Law Office of Brian K. Wanerman | Brian K. Wanerman
    Attorneys do not need to have "certifications" to handle DUI cases. Any CA licensed attorney can defend you. If a particular attorney is certified, it's up to you to decide whether this makes it worthwhile to hire him and/or pay his price.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Law Office of Richard Williams
    Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
    Attorneys do not need special certification to represent clients on DUI cases.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    James M. Osak, P.C.
    James M. Osak, P.C. | James M. Osak
    Attorneys need to PASS THE STATE BAR. They then get their infamous "P" Number. As far as certification . . . some tax attorneys have a special advanced certification . . . but not for DUI. If they took advanced training they may hold themselves out with some kind of "certification" of this training . . . but any criminal or traffic attorney can handle DUI's. Hope this helps. Good luck!
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Law Office of Jared C. Winter
    Law Office of Jared C. Winter | Jared C. Winter
    All criminal defense lawyers handle DUIs. There is not a special license or certification for a lawyer to handle DUI cases. My advice is to contact lawyers that either exclusively practice criminal defense, or the majority of their practice is criminal defense. Out of that group, find one you are comfortable working with and who has handled numerous DUIs in his/her career.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Law Offices of Steven R. Hunter | Steven Hunter
    Any licensed attorney is allowed to handle a DUI in Illinois. There are standards of competency, but no certifications. You need to be pro-active in finding a qualified attorney. Ask how often they handle DUIs, how often they go to trial, what their strategy will be in defending the case. Ask questions.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Law Offices of Brian J. Lockwood
    Law Offices of Brian J. Lockwood | Brian J. Lockwoood
    In Alabama, any attorney may appear in court and represent you for your D.W.I. That being said, most people prefer to find a criminal defense attorney with significant experience in D.W.I. defense. In my opinion, it is probably more important to find an experienced attorney with whom you feel comfortable than a "specialist" in D.W.I. By the way, it is perfectly appropriate, when hiring an attorney, to ask him/her about their experience with D.W.I. or whatever field meets your needs.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Lykins Law | Gerald Lykins
    There are organizations which will state that a particular attorney as certification or special training in OWI cases. The best way to tell if an attorney is any good in OWI defense is to ask about there experience, the number of cases they have handled and if they are familiar with the particular court and police department involved in your arrest and case.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    No.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 6/14/2013
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C.
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C. | Dennis Roberts
    No.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/14/2013
    Lawrence Lewis
    Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
    There is no certification for DUI attorneys or shoplifting attorneys or murder attorneys. You are on your own trying to figure out who is really qualified.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    Specific license? No, the only license an attorney needs is admission to practice as an attorney. You obviously won't be talking to anyone without that. He may be highly experienced, and you can ask about that. If you actually intend to fight the case and go to trial, spending the substantial attorney fees that would entail, then talk to the attorney about the likelihood of winning YOUR case on YOUR facts and defenses, not any prior cases he may have had with other people and other facts. Otherwise, ask about the reasonable expectations for a plea bargain in YOUR case with YOUR facts and defenses. DUI's are about the most common cases handled by most defense attorneys and courts. Of course I can help you fight the criminal charges and get the best outcome possible. When arrested or charged with any crime, the proper questions are, can any evidence obtained in a test, search or confession be used against you, can you be convicted, and what can you do? Raise all appropriate defenses with whatever witnesses, evidence and sympathies are available for legal arguments, for evidence suppression or other motions, or for trial. Effective plea-bargaining, using those defenses, could possibly reduce the potential time and other penalties you face. If you don't know how to represent yourself effectively against an experienced prosecutor intending to convict, then hire an attorney that does, who will try to get a dismissal, diversion program, charge reduction, or other decent outcome through plea bargain, or take it to trial if appropriate.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
    All attorneys have to be license by the California State Bar. There are some areas of the law where an attorney may have a state bar specialized certificate. However, it is not required to practice in any type of law.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    No, there is no such certification. What you need to look for is what % of the practice of an attorney consists of DUI's? For me, it is 100%.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Clinton Law Office | Michael Clinton
    There is no such certification in the State of Washington. Ask the attorney about his/her training and experience.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Law Office of Michael R. Garber
    Law Office of Michael R. Garber | Michael R. Garber
    No. You do want a lawyer who has handled DWI cases before though.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A | R. Jason de Groot
    No. they just have to be attorneys. There are some that are very, very good. Generally you may want to hire an attorney who is a certified criminal trial attorney. Some of them, however, do not live up to that prestigious title.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law
    Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law | Mark Thiessen
    No, DWI attorneys do not need to be board certified. There is a board certification through the National College of DUI Defense, but the certification is under fire right now for discrimination. Research your lawyer. Hire the best lawyer you can afford and feel the most comfortable with. DWI is the hardest case to win, so make sure you hire a DWI attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Salberg Murdock
    Salberg Murdock | Jeffrey D. Salberg
    There is no special certification process in Utah. However, you want to be sure you hire an attorney with sufficient experience in handling DUI matters.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Hynum Law Office, LLC
    Hynum Law Office, LLC | G. Wayne Hynum
    Mississippi does not "certify" attorneys in specific areas of expertise. So no, you do not need to look for a specific license or certificate when hiring a DUI attorney. You should check on the attorney however and make sure that he/she is licensed to practice law, that he/she is experienced at handling DUI cases and that he/she has a good reputation.
    Answer Applies to: Mississippi
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Beaulier Law Office
    Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
    No. No certification is required to handle a DWI case.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Larry K. Dunn & Associates | Larry K. Dunn
    Some attorneys are listed as specialist by the State Bar however attorneys are not required to have any specific certification or license to defend dui. You should seek an attorney that has experience in defending dui.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    The Law Office of Kevin O'Grady
    The Law Office of Kevin O'Grady | Kevin O'Grady
    Any attorney can defend you in a DUI case. HOWEVER, an attorney who does mostly divorces is probably not your first or best choice. There is an organization of attorneys who dedicate at least half of their work to DUI cases; that is the NCDD National College for DUI Defense. An attorney who is a member of this organization has taken the extra step to become very knowledgeable about the details of DUI defense. You also need to ask any attorney how many times they plead people out.
    Answer Applies to: Hawaii
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    William L. Welch, III Attorney | William L. Welch, III
    No, but it is ultimately up to you.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Michael Maltby, Attorney at Law
    Michael Maltby, Attorney at Law | Michael Maltby
    No, DUI attorneys do not need a certification, only a bar license. So, you would want to ask them what experience they have defending DUI cases.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Reza Athari & Associates, PLLC | Seth L. Reszko
    DUI attorneys do need certifications.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Gary Moore, Attorney at Law
    Gary Moore, Attorney at Law | Gary Moore
    There is no dui certification for attorney's. The only reliable rating system can be found at the Martindale-Hubbell website.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Law Firm of Martin & Wallentine
    Law Firm of Martin & Wallentine | Jerry Lee Wallentine Jr.
    They don't need "certification." They need to be experienced DUI defense lawyer. Look for someone who has done DUI jury trials, utilized an expert, and argued numerous suppression issues. I couldn't think of anything that would compensate for my actual dui defense experience.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC | Timothy J. Klisz
    There are no certifications in Michigan for attorneys.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Law Office of Michael Morgan, l.L.C.
    Law Office of Michael Morgan, l.L.C. | Michael Morgan
    The only certification required for defense lawyers in Washington State, besides passage of the bar exam, to my knowledge, is for capital cases. I think no rating service is infallible but I would look at the ratings at www.avvo.com for criminal defense lawyers in your area as a place to start when looking for a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Law Office of James A Schoenberger
    Law Office of James A Schoenberger | James A Schoenberger
    Some jurisdictions allow attorneys to claim a specialty, Washington is not one of them. You should look for an attorney whose practice included DUI defense.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    H. Scott Basham, Attorney at Law, P.C. | H. Scott Basham
    No. Members of the State Bar of Georgia can practice any area of law they want, except patent law, which requires a special federal license. Nor does the Georgia bar certify lawyers as experts in a particular field.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Conway Law Pllc.
    Conway Law Pllc. | B. L. Conway
    No, but you should look for one with experience in the field.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    The Short Law Group, P.C.
    The Short Law Group, P.C. | Shawn Kollie
    Although there no exact 'certification' for a DUI Lawyer, one of the better ways of sifting through the results is determining if the attorney is part of the National College of DUI Defense (NCDD). This Certification is limited to more experienced attorneys with good reputations for defending DUI Cases.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    The only attorneys who need more than a law degree are patent attorneys. You can search Google for attorneys in your area that specialize in DWI cases but that will not assure you that they are experienced or actually specialize in DWI cases, it only tells you that they are advertising for DWI cases. You should ask them if they exclusively handle criminal cases and how many DWI cases they handle a year. You should inquire as to how long they have been practicing criminal law and if they will take a flat rate fee. You should call 10 lawyers and get a feel for them over the phone. Meet with a few of the ones who sound qualified and retain the one you like the best.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    The Law Offices of Harold L. Wallin | Harold L. Wallin
    Illinois does not have certifications for DUI defense attorneys.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    A law license is all that is necessary for any one to act as a lawyer, and represent a person for DUI, however, I suggest you find an attorney who is qualified to handle such matters, and the best route to take is ask questions as to his qualifications in this area, and experience in this field, and with the particular court where you case will be handled.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Law Office of Rankin Johnson IV, LLC
    Law Office of Rankin Johnson IV, LLC | Rankin Johnson IV
    In Oregon, no certification is available. Some other states have certification programs.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Moriarty & Associates, PLLC | Patrick M. Moriarty
    No, there is no certification required for an attorney to represent a person on a DUI charge. However, DUI's are complex cases and you should seek out an experienced DUI attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Mesiti Law | Benjamin Mesiti
    There is currently no procedure for specialist certification of Rhode Island DUI lawyers. Experience among attorneys will vary, as will the fees for that experience. You should ask the prospective attorney if they have gone through any specific training for DUI defense, and if they are familiar with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration manual, all the elements/clues of the Field Sobriety Tests and all of the challenges that may be brought against chemical/breathalyzer testing. Speak with several attorney's before making your decision.
    Answer Applies to: Rhode Island
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    No.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/14/2013
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    All attorneys are "certified" when they pass the bar exam that allows them to practice in a particular state. Most attorneys choose to limit their practice to certain areas of the law. One of those areas may be criminal law. There are some attorneys who only practice in DUI cases. When you look to hiring an attorney, inquire how much of his/her practice is in criminal law and DUI cases. Find out what courts he/she practices in. Also get referrals. You may even want to go to the court where your case is going to be and attend a few hearings and watch how the various attorneys perform in court.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Robert Valles and Associates P.C.
    Robert Valles and Associates P.C. | Robert Valles Jr.
    No they do not need certification.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Law Office of Richard Southard
    Law Office of Richard Southard | Richard C Southard
    DWI attorneys need to be admitted to the bar where they practice. DWI certification is not done by the state or county. They are private "for-profit" organizations.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Attorney at Law
    Attorney at Law | Lance Daniel
    They just have to be legally licensed to practice law in California.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Hamblin Law Office | Sally Hamblin
    No special certification is necessary, but you want an attorney that practices in criminal law.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Law Office of Michael E. Dailey
    Law Office of Michael E. Dailey | Michael E. Dailey
    Not in Missouri. Even advertising does not guarantee expertise in a particular area of practice. You will need to interview attorneys to see if you feel they know their stuff and have a practice and personality that will be a good fit with your needs. You can start with referrals from friends or family or the local Bar association to get started in your search.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    Most of the good ones belong to the National College of DUI lawyers.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Law office of Robert D. Scott | Robert Scott
    I am not aware of any certification process for DUI attorneys. However a thorough questioning of an attorney's background and experience may supply answers to your concerns.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Clos, Russell & Wirth, P.C. | Gary A. Russell
    There are no certifications required by an attorney to represent a person with a OWI/DUI charge. However, attorneys, like other professionals, often specialize in particular areas of the law (i.e., tax law, bankruptcy, criminal law, family law, etc.) It certainly is wise to hire counsel that is experienced in the area of law that you are retaining his/her services, just like you would when hiring a doctor, mechanic, plumber, etc.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Law Office of Joseph A. Katz
    Law Office of Joseph A. Katz | Joseph A. Katz
    No, there is no special certification needed for an Attorney to practice DUI defense, though there are some certifying bodies out there for additional, specialized training, and one can be certified in, e.g., operation of an EPAS alcohol testing device.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Brown, Paindiris & Scott, LLP
    Brown, Paindiris & Scott, LLP | Simon J. Lebo
    DUI attorneys do not require a specific license or certification, beyond a valid law license.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Rudolph A. Serra, Attorney
    Rudolph A. Serra, Attorney | Rudolph A. Serra
    Michigan attorneys are not officially "certified" in specializations. Some courts (like the U.S. District Court, the Bankruptcy Court or the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals) require lawyers to be members of their particular "bar association" once they are also licensed by The State Bar . Any licensed attorney can represent you in a DUI case. In addition to a license to practice in Michigan, you may want to know if your lawyer is a member of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan [CDAM] or is affiliated with the State Appellate Defenders Office [SADO]. Membership is certain SECTIONS of the State Bar [such as the Criminal Law Section] may also be relevant. When you call lawyers, ask them if they handle DUI cases and what experience they have doing so.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    AyerHoffman, LLP
    AyerHoffman, LLP | David C. Ayer
    All attorneys, other than those admitted to the patent bar, have the same basic legal education and have passed the same Bar exam. Some may additionally have LLM or SJD degrees, but this is not the norm and is not really an issue in a DUI matter. There is no board certification among attorneys as there is with doctors. When hiring an attorney for your DUI you should look for someone with experience in the area and with whom you feel comfortable.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Chaudhary Law Office, PLLC
    Chaudhary Law Office, PLLC | Satveer S. Chaudhary
    In Minnesota, DUI attorneys need only a valid license to practice law.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Law Office of Gregory Crain | Gregory Crain
    No.
    Answer Applies to: Arkansas
    Replied: 6/14/2013
    Law Office of James J. Rosenberger | James Joseph Rosenberger
    No. Look for an attorney who is experienced, knowledgeable in the laws of the state and with whom you're comfortable. Most of us give free initial consults by phone.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    The Law Office of James McKain
    The Law Office of James McKain | James McKain
    Any lawyer in Washington state is allowed to handle any case, whether it is criminal, civil, administrative, or other. That allowance is predicated on the requirement that the attorney be "competent". That being the case, hiring an attorney who has been drafting contracts for 20 years to defend your DUI case may not be your best choice. I would look for an attorney who focuses his or her practice specifically on DUI defense. To find out that information may require a lot of homework and several phone calls on your part.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    San Diego DUI Law Center
    San Diego DUI Law Center | Rick Mueller
    Not required but would you go to Walmart for a brain surgeon.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Miller & Harrison, LLC
    Miller & Harrison, LLC | David Harrison
    No, there is no special certification for DUI lawyers - anyone can do it. You should look for an experienced DUI attorney and then talk to several before deciding who to hire.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Fagan, Fagan & Davis
    Fagan, Fagan & Davis | Steven H. Fagan
    No. In Illinois, DUI lawyers do not need specific certification, nor is there such a certification designated by Illinois. Illinois actually prohibits attorneys from claiming a "specialty". That said, when seeking an attorney to handle a specific kind of case like DUI, your attorney should have experience with DUI, criminal and traffic defense, as those are the areas of law involved. While many lawyers handle DUI as well as other matters like Personal Injury, Bankruptcy, Immigration or other matters, it is advisable to seek out an attorney that does focus on DUI, criminal and traffic matters in Illinois, as I do.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Ellman and Ellman PC
    Ellman and Ellman PC | Kevin Ellmann
    No certification other than a license to practice law. However, you should be inquiring of attorneys how much of their practice is devoted to DUI defense, how many years of experience they have, do they have the advantage of having both prosecuted and defended DUI cases, etc.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Law Offices of Matthew Murillo
    Law Offices of Matthew Murillo | Matthew Murillo
    No. Just look for one that knows what they are doing. There are several that focus only on DUI. There are several that practice criminal law and do DUI as well. Neither is necessarily better than the other; just make sure you hire one that will conduct a proper investigation of your case beginning with the DMV hearing.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Law Office of Edward J. Blum
    Law Office of Edward J. Blum | Edward J. Blum
    No. Not necessarily.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/14/2013
    Connell-Savela
    Connell-Savela | Jason Savela
    No, but the ones at www.ncdd.com are well trained and fight hard for their clients.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 6/14/2013
    Healan Law Offices
    Healan Law Offices | William D. Healan, III
    The State Bar of Georgia does not certify lawyers for specific areas of practice. You could hire a real estate lawyer or divorce lawyer for your DUI if you wanted to. When hiring a DUI lawyer, ask lots of questions about how many dui cases the lawyer handles and whether he or she actually takes the cases to trial as opposed to just entering guilty pleas. Look for reviews and rankings of the lawyer on the internet.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Myles Hahn III Attorney at Law | Myles Hahn III
    Any attorney properly registered and active in good standing by the ARDC (State of Illinois) can handle the case. It is up to you to investigate their experience and qualifications and to decide if they will represent you.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Law Office of Russell A. Warren
    Law Office of Russell A. Warren | Russell A. Warren
    No.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 6/14/2013
    Pearson, Butler, & Carson, PLLC
    Pearson, Butler, & Carson, PLLC | Matthew R. Kober
    There are attorneys have attended certain classes etc to get a "Certification" but they do not need one to help you with your DUI case and many great DUI attorneys do not have any "certification".
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Elmbrook Law Offices
    Elmbrook Law Offices | Gregory Straub
    There is no specific licensing or accreditation for an attorney who practices in the traffic law area.
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Leonard A. Kaanta, P.C. | Leonard A. Kaanta
    There is no certification for specific areas of practice in the State of Michigan. Attorneys can practice law in any area they want.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Rhoades & Miller, LLP
    Rhoades & Miller, LLP | M. Jason Rhoades
    There is no certification for DUI attorneys in GA. What you need to do is talk with the attorney about their experience handling DUIs, their experience in the particular court you are charged in, and what areas they focus their law practice on. Everyone and their brother nowadays claims to be a DUI lawyer. You are smart to wonder how to tell them apart. In the end, don't just go by what you see online.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Bruce Plesser | Bruce Plesser
    No. Look for any lawyer who won't bullshit you.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 6/14/2013
    Mary W Craig P.C. | Mary W Craig
    You'll be hard put to find a certified DUI lawyer. However, when you're interviewing lawyers, ask them how many DUI cases they've tried and how many they've won.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 5/22/2012
    Law Offices of Aaron T. Hicks
    Law Offices of Aaron T. Hicks | Aaron Hicks
    The more training that a lawyer has received in DUI cases is always recommended.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/22/2012
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