IS IT IMPORTANT TO HAVE AN ATTORNEY WHOSE OFFICE IS IN THE SAME TOWN AS THE COURT?

Local counsel can be beneficial, but is not essential! The biggest benefit to local counsel is that they will know all of the little habits or pet peeves of the judge and prosecutor. Examples: does the judge give jail days if you had an accident while drinking and driving or does the prosecutor have a “no deals” policy on breath test refusals, or does the judge deny occupational driving on refusals until the defendant pleads guilty. These examples are generally known to local counsel or at least the attorneys who practice regularly in the court. However, the most important qualification for your OVI / DUI attorney is that they not only know the court, but that they have all the knowledge and tools to properly assess and defend your OVI!
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