Hiring a DUI Lawyer
If you are facing a DUI charge, you need a lawyer more than you need practically anything! You need someone who will fight for your rights when everyone else has turned their backs on you.
How much will a DUI lawyer cost me?
This is not a straight forward question, unfortunately. Cost is really determined by the specifics of your case such as the files charged against you. The jurisdiction can also affect the cost.
Many lawyers require a retainer to get started. This can vary, but the range is usually $5,000 to $10,000 for a misdemeanor and up to $25,000 or more for a felony charge. As you can see, a lawyer will typically require a greater retainer for a complex case than for a simple case.
Find out if your lawyer is qualified in DUI cases
It’s not hard to do a little research of your own when choosing the right lawyer to represent you. Since DUI laws are complex and ever-changing, it is wise to select a lawyer who specializes in this area. Find out what professional organizations they belong to. Look for the words “AV-rated” when searching – this is the highest rating achieved. How many years of experience do they have? Did they graduate from an exceptionally accredited law school?
Many lawyers offer a free consultation, so use that to your advantage. Get to know them and go with your instincts. Remember, they are going to be the ones who have your future in their hands!
Most importantly, make sure that you are happy with his or her performance. They should be asking you detailed questions about your case. They should be out investigating and interviewing witnesses. Start the search today and give yourself plenty of time.