Search thousands of topics on CostHelper

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business sports weddings
CostHelper > Personal Finance  > Legal > DUI Attorney

DUI Attorney Cost


How Much Does a DUI Attorney Cost?

 
low costLow: First, Basic DUI/DWI Starts Around $500-$1,200 to $2,500+average costMedium: Often $100-$300 per hourhigh costHigh: Going to Trial Can Run $2,000-$25,000+
post Post   Comments (2)  

Although the legal name varies based on state law, driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) is the most frequently committed crime in the United States, according to the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs.

Typical costs:

  • A DUI/DWI attorney may charge a flat fee or an hourly rate of $100-$300 or more. Some accept credit cards, and can be hired over the telephone. A lawyer charging on an hourly basis deducts the hourly rate from the retainer as the work is done. When the retainer is gone, you'll be billed for additional payment. Some lawyers provide a free initial consultation to go over the facts of your case; others charge their hourly rate for the time.
  • For a first DUI/DWI charge with few or no disputed facts and the intention to plead guilty flat fees start around $500-$1,200, but some attorneys may charge $1,300-$2,500 or more for the same case. Many experienced DUI/DWI lawyers say that charging higher fees lets them represent fewer clients, so they can devote more time to each case.
  • Legal fees for repeat offenders start around $1,500-$5,000 and up depending on the number of past convictions and the complexity of the case. Repeated offenses carry heavier penalties, and in many states a third DUI/DWI charge is automatically a felony.
  • Whether flat amount or hourly rates, attorney fee for a DUI/DWI case that goes to trial could run anywhere from $2,000-$25,000 or more. Many cases can be handled without a trial, but some attorneys specialize in fighting DUI/DWI charges.
  • If you want an attorney and can't afford one, you have to officially ask the court to appoint a lawyer at government expense and provide the court with details about your finances. Nolo Press discusses how to get the court to appoint a lawyer and representing yourself.
Related articles: Traffic Ticket Attorney, Drug Defense Attorney, Felony Defense Attorney, Drug or Alcohol Rehab, Drug or Alcohol Testing

What should be included:
  • Each state has its own specific DUI/DWI laws and consequences. The National College for DUI Defense provides an overview of DUI/DWI laws by state. A DUI/DWI conviction might mean loss of your drivers' license and/or jail time. The arrest and any convictions will also show up on background checks by future employers -- and if you're a doctor, lawyer, stockbroker, pilot or nurse, it can affect your professional license.
  • There might be several steps in a DUI/DWI proceeding, including the arrest, arraignment, pre-trial conference/hearing, motions, trial, and sentencing. The American Bar Association presents an overview of the criminal justice system[1] .
Additional costs:
  • If you choose to fight a DUI/DWI charge in a trial, the testimony of expert witnesses to challenge specific evidence can add $2,000-$7,000 or more.
  • Attorneys working on an hourly basis charge for time spent answering your questions on the phone or by e-mail, as well as case-related expenses such as interviews, research or photocopies. Whether on a flat or hourly rate, your attorney will cost more if there are retrials or appeals.
  • If convicted of DUI/DWI charges, fines and other penalties can run $300-$1,2000 or more; auto insurance rates can go up as much as 450 percent; and having your car towed and stored can cost $75-$250 or more. You might also be required to attend DUI/DWI school at a cost of $100-$400. Mothers Against Drunk Driving estimates the total cost (including legal fees but not including lost pay, medical costs or vehicle damage) at an average of $7,828-$10,828 for a first-time drunken-driving case, and various state and media reports place it as high as $10,000-$25,000.
Shopping for a dui attorney:
  • When you first meet with an attorney, know the exact charges against you, your court date, your bail amount and any other pertinent facts. Ask about the attorney's education, experience and area of specialty. A Michigan attorney lists things to consider when hiring a DUI/DWI attorney.
  • Search for an attorney through the National College for DUI Defense or the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys; or contact the nearest bar association in your state[2] .
  • Your attorney should provide you with a detailed written fee agreement. Read it before signing and keep a copy for your records. Be sure you understand what is covered, whether it's a flat fee or hourly charges against a retainer, and any other fees and expenses you might have to pay.
post Post   Comments (2)  
CostHelper News


7 Ways to Stretch Your Reduced Food Budget
End of the year budgets are tight for everyone, especially in this economy.It's especially hard for the millions of Americans who depend on government programs like food stamps to help make ends meet. || Posted November 11 2013


Fix-it Favorites: Duct Tape and WD-40
My mother taught me that all home fixit-projects can be accomplished with either duct tape or WD-40. If something shouldn't move and it does, use duct tape. If something should move and it doesn't, use WD-40. || Posted September 30 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
DUI Fees
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Iceman in Any, CA.Posted: February 23rd, 2013 04:02PM
Type of Case: DUI DWIFirm: N/A
Hourly or Sum: N/AFee Per Hour: N/A
Many people facing a DUI or DWI still need a strong DUI Defense, and help with the DUI fees involved. Free online resources such as http://www.FightDUIcharges.com can help provide local DUI attorneys that will assist with flexible payments to afford the DUI fees fighting the case.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
DUI Attorny
Amount: $7,500.00
Posted by: BT in Atlanta, GA.Posted: August 12th, 2010 06:08PM
Type of Case: DUI, Reckless DrivingFirm: Davis, Kirschonbaum, Zipperman, Lotito
Had retainer set at 7500 which I gladly paid since he had expertise and thought he could get it off without going to trial and expunging it from my record. Everything worked as promised, I had 80 hours of community service. Although I wasnt even driving and was wrongfully charged, it was much better to get it fully expunged.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam


 

Comment On Your Experience With a DUI Attorney
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Type of Case: Firm: 
Hourly or Sum: Fee Per Hour: 
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/migrated/publiced/practical/books/family_legal...
  2.  apps.americanbar.org/legalservices/lris/directory/
More Personal Finance Topics
Check Out All Costs for Personal Finance How Much Does Closing a Home Cost? How Much Does a Traffic Ticket Attorney Cost? How Much Do Funeral Flowers Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Replace Toilet Wax Ring (DIY)
Paid: 25.00
Cost could have been cheaper, but previous owners hired a plumber and contractor who didn't do the job right. So we ran into problems. The first wax ring didn't work, so we had to buy the old fashioned type... [more]
-JT Holm
Toilet Repair Cost
Plumbing totourial
Paid: 0.00
I am appalled by some of these charges myself and yes plumbers have a hard,disgusting and exhausting job and it’s not for everyone... [more]
-Caleb Domec
Plumber Cost
Ischemic stroke
Paid: 89000.00
I had a CT scan, they called helicopter to transfer to trauma hospital in Atlanta, but neurosurgeon there said the stroke is is I n a deep area, and would be too dangerously to remove the clot surgically... [more]
-Marie-Jose
Stroke Treatment Cost
Connective tissue graft
Paid: 1300.00
Had to get a connective tissue graft for three of my teeth on my lower left and likely will need a few more done down the road (genetics). The procedure took about an hour and was pain-free... [more]
-
Gum Tissue Graft Cost
Alaska propane pricing 2020
Paid: 130.71
No contract price is $3.87 x 32.8 gallons + $3.81 fee = delivered remote Cooper Landing Alaska. New contract renewal $1.91/gallon for delivery plus propane cost which I need to check on... [more]
-Keith Mantey
Propane Cost
Funeral
Paid: 160.00
Can somebody contact me... [more]
-Terrance Samuel
Releasing Doves Cost