Actually, most of the work a DUI attorney does is outside of the courtroom. There are countless hours spent preparing the case for various court appearances. A good DUI attorney will spend a great deal of time reading police reports, interviewing witnesses, doing legal research, writing motions, going to crime scenes, viewing evidence at police stations and sending subpoenas, among many other specialized tasks. Anyone that thinks a DUI attorney will only help you when you go to court does not fully understand the criminal justice systems and intricacies of how they operate on a day to day basis. Most of the work done by lawyers is behind the scenes to help people get the best possible outcome.