There are dozens, if not hundreds, of reasons that one drunk driving legal professional will charge more for their services than others, and many of those reasons are a surprise to those facing charges. Some people believe that a better drunk driving lawyer will charge more, so they go find the most expensive law firm that they can afford and retain his or her services. Others believe that how much a lawyer will cost them will be a result of their own negotiating skills, so they shop and haggle until they find the very best price that they can get. They believe the quality of legal representation that they receive has nothing to do with the amount their lawyer will charge.
In all honesty, the best DUI lawyer for you and your situation could be the one you found to be the most expensive or the one found to be the least expensive. This is because drunk driving defense professionals will usually base their fees upon how much of their time your case will require and how much they believe they can charge for their services.
Although the facts remain the same regardless of who you speak with, contacting different firms and finding out how much their lawyers cost can be frustrating because the costs depend upon choices made by the defendant. The following is an example to help explain:
Tom was arrested for drunk driving last Saturday night. He is concerned about his upcoming court proceedings and has decided to hire a lawyer to defend him. He calls multiple law firms and relays the following…
I was driving home from the club around 2:30am when I was pulled over by the police. After asking me some questions, the officer asked me to step out of my vehicle and perform some tests, I said yes and attempted the tests. After I finished, the officer had me use a Breathalyzer that registered my blood alcohol content as being 0.18. They took my license, arrested me, and I now have to appear in court next month. This is my first time getting in any trouble with the law and I am currently in medical school to become a doctor.
Despite Tom’s situation, he still has options. He could choose to fight the charges, plead not guilty, and hire a lawyer to represent him in a jury trial. He could plead guilty and risk having the courts assign the maximum penalties allowable by law. He could avoid the courts altogether and wait for a warrant to be issued for his arrest. What choice Tom makes will have a substantial impact on what an attorney would charge him to help Tom accomplish his goals. This is because an attorney will have different responsibilities depending upon which option his or her client chooses.
Attorney Cost Calculations
After deciding which option is best for you, you will find that lawyers will still charge substantially different fees. Some will do this because they are experienced, others because they are well-known, and others because they feel that they can get away with it. This is where attorney research becomes very important. If you are stuck between two attorneys, it is rarely a good idea to decide based solely on price. Find out what makes one better than the other and weigh the price difference. Don’t let your future be decided based upon the size of your wallet.
Those in need of DUI legal representation in or around Orange County, Riverside, Los Angeles, or San Diego are invited to contact my law firm for a free confidential case evaluation. My partner and I have collectively defended more than 5,000 DUI defendants and have a history of satisfied clients.
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