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June 2017 , Page 28 

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Investigating a DWI Case on the Cheap

By John Webb

There are times when each criminal defense lawyer is called upon to represent a citizen accused of operating an automobile under the influence of alcohol or drugs where the client’s finances are limited, and the client even struggles just to pay the fee. Hardworking criminal defense lawyers take the ethical obligation to their clients seriously, and they try to deliver a superior defense in every case.

One of the keys to a successful defense is investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding the case. Many defense lawyers have become accustomed to representing folks who have a budget that allows counsel to do what needs to be done in defending a DWI. However, a good number of clients do not have that luxury. What does counsel do when the client is not flush with cash and cannot afford an all-out blitz?

“Common sense is as rare as genius,” American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once said. In these circumstances, the best course of action is to rely on common sense an

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