Fees and Costs
Let's talk money. I cringe at the amounts some people pay for drunk driving defense. With the exception of those cases being fought at a trial, this kind of case should not cost as much as a new car. Yet anyone looking for the "low bidder" in terms of fees should remember that, whatever else, you'll never get what you don't pay for, either. Cut-rate fees don't buy top-notch legal services. In the history of the world, no one has ever hired a bargain lawyer and gotten first-rate legal representation. Just as you can pay too much, you can pay too little.
What I charge and then I’ll talk about what I do for those Fees in the section entitled "What do you get for Your Money?" I’ve covered some of this in the section entitled "Fees and Results," as well.Fees for a First (1st) Offense Drunk Driving Case (Misdemeanor)
Where there has been no accident causing serious injury to another person (those cases are felonies and are charged as Driving While Intoxicated Causing Serious Injury or Death) my Fee is $3200. The retainer requires $1600 down with the second half due prior to the conclusion of the case which is called the sentencing.
Fees for a High BAC case (Misdemeanor)
High BAC charges can only occur is a person has no prior DUI convictions within 7 years and his or her BAC result was .17 or higher. Fees in High BAC cases, often written as "OWI with BAC of .17 or greater" are $3600. Sometimes, a person's BAC can be above .17 and he or she is not charged with the enhanced offense. This fee listed here only applies when the actual charge is High BAC
Not involving a serious injury to another person, my Fee is $4000. The retainer requires $2000 down with the second half due prior to the conclusion of the case which is called the sentencing.Fees for A Third (3rd) Offense Drunk Driving Case (Felony)
A change in the Drunk Driving laws in 2007 allows Prosecutors to charge a person with a third offense felony for any third offense within the driver's lifetime. That means if a person had a prior offense 27 years ago, and other 17 years ago, a current charge the court can charge your third offense as a felony. The whole character of a Drunk Driving case is different if it's charged as a felony. My Fee in a 3rd Offense felony starts at $6900.00. We begin with a retainer of 1/2 ($3450) down and usually require 2 more payments of $1725.00 prior to the conclusion of the case (although other payment arrangements can be made), which is typically the sentencing.
In all DUI cases, I charge the fees listed above, guaranteed in writing. It's that simple - and it should be.