Violence takes many forms and conducted by the use of many different weapons, some of which you may have never considered: your car.
When a driver injures another person with a motor vehicle and was driving while intoxicated or driving recklessly, vehicular assault is the resulting crime. Unlike a person who gets drunk and shoots someone in anger, the person who hits and injures someone with a vehicle in a vehicular assault case usually did not intend to. Yet, the offense is a felony demanding prison time if convicted.
There are possible defenses; each situation is different. If the assault was the result of driving under the influence, or driving recklessly, or driving without regard for the safety of others, each will present a different set of possible defenses. Only an experienced criminal defense attorney knowledgeable about every possible nuance will be able to accurately prescribe strategies to fight the charges. Hiring an attorney can be intimidating. This post offers some questions to ask a criminal defense attorney before you hire him or her for your vehicular assault case.
Fighting Vehicular Assault Penalties in Washington
The first step when you have been charged with vehicular assault is to remain calm. The charges are serious yet there are defenses and strategies that an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you apply to get the best results.
The next step is to meet with an attorney to go over the facts of your case early while they are still fresh in your mind. There may be small elements of that event that could hinder the prosecution's case against you. Your attorney will help mine this information and will help you craft your blueprint of what you can do to help yourself. Finding the right attorney for you, therefore, is essential to obtaining the best outcome for your case. You should question the potential criminal defense lawyer and evaluate his or her answers to a set of seven questions.
Seven Questions to Ask a Criminal Defense Lawyer Before You Hire Him
- Have you been successful handling a vehicular assault case like this before?
- Do you have experience in the courts where my case will be handled?
- Is a trial my only option or are there alternatives?
- Who in your office will be working on my case?
- How often will we communicate and in what way?
- What will the fees and expenses be to defend me?
- What is the likely outcome in my case based on your experience?
Naturally, you will play a significant role in your own case. When you hire a criminal defense attorney, the strategies you agree upon and the tactics employed will be designed in a partnership between you and your attorney. If you want to do more to help your case, always ask your attorney before you take on any activities, such as research or evidence collection. Your attorney is your “go to” for everything involved in your case. Following the attorney's advice is key to your best results.
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