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Tips for Hiring a DUI Attorney

Posted by Vic Carmody | Apr 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

Hiring a lawyer to fight your DUI charge in Mississippi is a decision that should not be taken lightly.  Driving under the influence (DUI) is a complex and complicated criminal allegation with severe consequences if the charge results in a conviction in court.

Here at my law office, we are dedicated to helping those accused of DUI.  Myself, and my associates Lance Mixon and Kevin Stewart, fight for our clients.  Together with our diverse and able staff, we take each case using a “team effort” approach.  When you hire one of our outstanding attorneys, you are not hiring just one person.  You are hiring a team of people who are behind you 100%.

A DUI charge in Mississippi cannot be reduced to a less serious or “lesser-included” offense, such as careless driving or reckless driving.  Further, if a DUI charge ultimately results in a conviction in our state, it can NEVER be expunged from your criminal record.  In other words, it is a lifetime conviction that you will have to live with and possibly report on college and graduate school applications, and job applications, just to name a few.

You really have two options when facing a DUI charge:  (1) plead guilty, or (2) fight the case!  Please don't make the tragic mistake of believing that any lawyer can effectively handle your DUI case.  Take a look at the American Bar Association's (ABA) ”Standing Committee on Specialization” web page:  http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/specialization/source.html#dui.  The ABA is the largest bar association in the world.  The ABA accredits the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) as one of the few private organizations on its list.  The key word is SPECIALIZATION!  Would you visit a foot doctor if you were having chest pains?

Each attorney at our law office is a member of the National College for DUI Defense, and each is heavily involved its activities.  Vic's reputation speaks for itself.  For more on Lance, see this.  For more on Kevin, go here.

Finally, I encourage you to read these two pages within our site:

(1)  “DUI Myths,” and

(2) “10 Tips on Hiring a Mississippi DUI Lawyer.”

About the Author

Vic Carmody

Victor Carmody was employed by the Jackson Police Department as a police lieutenant from 1973-1980. With attorney Vic Carmody you get the best defense from knowing both sides of Mississippi driving under the influence (DUI / ms dui) law. Vic Carmody is an original Founding Regent and served as Dean of the National College for DUI Defense 2001-2002. He currently serves as a Fellow of the college and is active as an instructor during the summer trial college at Harvard Law School. Vic Carmody is the only attorney in the state who is board certified by the National College of DUI Defense. He is also the only attorney in the state who owns the Intoxilyzer® 8000 machine and possesses a DOT permit to operate the Intoxilyzer® 8000. He is the author Understanding DUI Scientific Evidence, 1st and 2nd editions, Mississippi DUI: Law & Practice, and the Mississippi Criminal Trial Practice Forms manual, part of Thomson West's "Mississippi Practice Series." Additionally, The DUI Book: Mississippi Edition, written by Victor Carmody and co-authored with Atlanta attorney William C. Head, is in the process of publication. Vic is the attorney who wrote the books on DUI defense in Mississippi! Vic Carmody has handled and tried DUI cases in 8 States and has presented DUI seminars in 15 states and 4 foreign countries. Mr. Carmody is considered by many as the best DUI attorney in the state. He was recently selected as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Mississippi by The American Trial Lawyers Association. Vic currently serves as DUI chairman for continuing education seminars for the University of Mississippi. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and he was recently selected as a Super Lawyer in DUI and criminal defense by the prestigious Super Lawyers organization. Vic is admitted to practice in all state courts in Mississippi, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Missisisppi, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Come see us in Flowood, at 781 Liberty Road, across from the Atmos Energy building.

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