If you have been arrested for DWI in one of the small towns near Houston, you might be wondering whether you should bring in a Houston lawyer to defend you, or rely on a local lawyer. Although a small-town lawyer is likely to be more familiar with the local court system, DWI law is uniform throughout Texas, and there are a number of good reasons why a Houston DWI lawyer is likely to be a better choice.
Houston Lawyers Can Afford to Specialize
The differences in law practice in a small town and in a big city arises from differences in the size of the legal market. The average small-town lawyer is forced to work as a legal “jack of all trades” in order to keep his practice afloat. One day he might be defending a DWI suspect, for example, while the next day he might be setting up a trust fund for one of his neighbors. In other words, a small-town lawyer is more likely to be a general practitioner rather than a specialist, simply because there aren’t enough cases available in any particular specialty.
Mario Madrid, by contrast, is a board-certified specialist in Criminal Law who has handled hundreds of DWI cases. A lawyer in a town that sees a couple of dozen DWI arrests per year is unlikely to be able to accumulate this sort of experience without cornering 100 percent of the market. This is important because a specialist is likely to grasp legal nuances that the generalist will probably miss
Houston Lawyers Have Greater Access to Resources
Houston lawyers generally enjoy greater access to resources than small-town lawyers do, including social networks, as a simple consequence of the size of the city. If you need an accident reconstruction specialist, for example, or if you need an expert witness who can testify that the police officer who arrested you improperly administered the breathalyzer test, a Houston lawyer is more likely to be familiar with a suitable candidate. Additionally, small-town lawyers tend to be short on funding and travel availability than Houston lawyers are.
The Crucible of Competition
If a small-town legal market could be classified as a fish bowl, the Houston legal market would be better described as a shark tank. Competition between defense attorneys and aggressive Houston prosecutors can be ruthless and brutal. As a seasoned criminal lawyer with over 20 years of experience, Mario Madrid knows how to handle himself in this crucible of competition, and more importantly, he knows how to protect his clients. Even outside of Houston legal circles, a lawyer who is used to facing brutal competition on a daily basis is far better equipped to defend his client than most laid-back small town lawyers are.
If you have been charged with DWI in Houston or in nearby environs, all is not lost. An aggressive and principled DWI defense lawyer can win you an acquittal in a variety of ways. Call Madrid Law, PLLC at 713-877-9400 for a free initial consultation so that we can discuss your legal options.