- Michigan Drunk Driving Procedure
- Do I need an attorney?
- What to look for in an attorney
- How much does an attorney charge for drunk driving?
- I didn't get a ticket. What now?
- Should I accept an impaired?
- An overview of probation: the consequences of a plea
- What is "discovery" in drunk driving cases?
- Drunk driving: Bench trial or jury trial
- The Maze Legal Group
- Michigan's Drunk Driving Laws
- Driver License Sanctions
- Drunk Driving Defenses
- Field Sobriety Tests
- Breath and Blood Testing
- Michigan's Courts Enforcing Drunk Driving Laws
- Michigan Police Departments Directory
- Other Drunk Driving Resources
- OWI Defense Law Forum
How Much Does An Attorney Cost?
Some attorneys charge a flat rate for representation in drunk driving cases. Others charge an hourly fee against a retainer. Both arraignments are acceptable, but a flat rate usually indicates that the attorney expects to enter into a plea agreement unless an additional fee for trial is agreed upon in advance.
A particular attorney's fee depends upon the skill and experience of that attorney and how much time the attorney expects to spend on your case. A low fee may indicate that the attorney intends to do little on a case, but a high fee does not necessarily indicate that the attorney will spend much time on your case. Many attorneys charge an exorbitant fee to do little on case.
It is important to discuss with an attorney what the attorney is going to do in the case before retaining that attorney.
Often times, people make several calls to several attorneys, inquiring about the particular attorney's fee. That is a good starting point, but keep in mind that you are not looking for a bargain. If you are looking for a bargain, the least expensive way of handling a case is on your own.
On a first offense drunk driving, an attorney will charge anywhere from $500 to $5000, depending upon the skill, experience and the amount of time anticipated on the case. On a repeat offense for OWI 2nd there may be an slight increase in the fee because the attorney will likely spend more time on the matter. On a third offense, many attorneys will charge $5,000 to $15,000 because the process and procedure is entirely different and the consequences far more serious.
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