In the last post, we discussed some helpful smartphone apps designed to provide legal advice. And while meeting with a human lawyer to hear about your criminal defense options is always ideal and more effective, there are several more apps that are worth mentioning in order to give you a full idea of the legal knowledge you can have right at your fingertips. Here are just a few more smartphone apps that can provide legal insight on demand.
This app's concept is as unique as its name. If you're looking for a DUI attorney or need other criminal law advice, you can upload a photo of your case (i.e., traffic ticket, DWI, DUI) and enter some basic information. Then, lawyers can compete for your business by reviewing your case and providing you with their fees. You can also look at lawyer reviews, profiles, and even chat with lawyers for some quick answers.
Again, this app sounds incredibly useful, but many users have said that it's hard to find a lawyer due to the extra fees, presumably from the app itself. You're likely to be able to find much better pricing at a real criminal defense attorney's office, where you can also explain your criminal defense charges. Plus, you won't have to deal with the tedious uploading and typing that comes with providing your case details on a smartphone.
Finally, law dictionary is a simple app that's designed to make the law easier to interpret for those without extensive legal knowledge. All users have to do is search for a keyword to receive pages of relevant results. You can bookmark and save pages, view references for further reading, and more. You can also access the law journal itself, view legal forms, and more.
While this app has its uses, most of its functions seem like something the average search engine could handle. Plus, it doesn't have a search bar, and users say it often fails to interpret search queries in the right context.
Ultimately, a DUI conviction can cost $20,000 or more, which means getting helpful legal advice is a high stakes process. By no means can any of these smartphone apps replace the live interaction and personal touch of a real attorney, but they can provide some useful advice.