A DUI Arrest is expensive! You face the cost of the police towing your car, bailing out, higher insurance rates, court fines, and fees, alcohol evaluations, alcohol classes, etc. And then on top of all of that, you have to pay for a DUI Attorney. The most pressing question for your attorney is going to be, how much do you cost?
How much should I spend on a DUI Attorney?
As with most things in this life, ‘you get what you pay for.’
Experienced attorneys with a good reputation in the community are going to be able to demand a higher price for their time and expertise than an unseasoned attorney or attorney with a bad reputation.
On the other hand, there are going to be attorneys that you can’t afford. The over-inflated cost of some attorneys will not make a noticeable difference in your case. So you will have to do a little groundwork. You will look at the range of expense between attorneys. Compare their experience and reputation, and settle on someone who is the most experienced and has the best reputation in the price range you can afford.
Why shouldn’t I hire the cheapest attorney?
Private attorneys that take on clients at rock bottom prices also have to take on a lot of clients to pay the bills.
Many people forego a public defender because they believe that a public defender is subpar to a private attorney. That is not true. Private attorneys will often seek the advice of public defenders on particular issues. A public defender handles so many cases every day, and so they usually have a larger pool of experience to pull from than almost any private attorney.
Public Defenders are highly experienced attorneys that are ‘overworked and underpaid.’
The only complaint that defendants make about public defenders, that has some merit, is that they are ‘overworked and underpaid.’ The court sometimes jam-packs their caseloads so much that they have less time to spend on your particular case. In other words, the circumstances that give them so much experience in court are also the circumstances that may cause them to give your case less attention than you believe it deserves.
Sometimes a public defender is a better choice.
So if you are seeking a private attorney because you want your attorney to spend more time on your case than a public defender would, then you should not then hire the least expensive attorney. Attorneys who take cases on at rock bottom prices also are forced to take on a lot more clients to stay in business. At some point, you might as well have kept your public defender, because now you are paying money to someone who has as many clients as the public defender has, and you are paying out of pocket for him. Not to mention the private attorney likely has less oversight than a public defender.
How much do DUI attorneys cost?
The cost can range drastically between DUI Attorneys. I have personally heard of quotes from DUI attorneys ranging from $500-$10,000 for pretrial work on a simple DUI case. And if the case went to trial, those numbers would be much higher. It is impossible for even our firm to give an exact figure on how much we would charge for a simple DUI case because the circumstances in a DUI case can range so much. That is why we usually will not charge you for a thirty-minute consultation. The consultation is our opportunity to review the details of your case to give an informed estimate as to cost.
Call our Attorneys today for a no obligation quote.
If you call our office today 208-571-0627, we can gather the details of your case, and give you an estimate on the cost of retaining our office to represent you on your DUI case.