How much does it cost to hire a lawyer for DUI?

If you have been charged with a DUI in Florida, you may be wondering how much it will cost to hire an attorney to defend your charges. Your legal fees will vary depending on a number of different factors:

  1. Circumstances Surrounding Your Case
    Cases that are complex or serious in nature will generally be more expensive. Complications may involve issues such as a high blood alcohol levels, a prior criminal record, DUI with minors, excessive speeding, DUI accident with injuries or death, and refusal of a chemical test.
  2. Attorney's Education, Reputation, and Experience
    Attorneys who focus in DUI and criminal defense are more likely to do a better job of protecting your rights. This is also true of attorneys who have been in practice for a number of years and have proven experience defending DUIs. They will know the court system and will probably have a good reputation among judges and prosecutors. Usually, these attorneys will be more expensive.
  3. Amount of Time Needed for Your Case
    The more time an attorney needs to devote to your case, the more it will cost to retain their services. If a considerable amount of investigation or in-person representation is required, these could increase the attorney's costs.
  4. Costs Included in Fees
    Some attorneys will include certain costs in their fee, including blood reanalysis, subpoenas, toxicologist consultations, and a transcription of the DMV. Others, however, will ask you to pay those costs independently.

When you are choosing an attorney to defend you, you should take special consideration to the attorney's experience with your type case and the attorney's reputation in the legal community. Do your research and find out as much as you can about the attorney.

General Range of Fees for DUI Attorneys in Florida



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Little experience, minimum competence




Competent, solid reputation




Extensive knowledge & experience



You Get What You Pay For

If you are in the market for an attorney, there are some things to watch out for. First, be wary of lawyers that charge low fees. They may be doing so because they have not been practicing law for very long, or they have a bad reputation. These types of attorneys may not be able to successfully defend your DUI, due to inexperience or inability to put the time required into your case.

Also, consider avoiding attorneys that take on a huge caseload. Often, these lawyers run clients through a "mill" or "factory", without acknowledging the specific situation of each of their clients. You may not be able to spot these types of attorneys by their fees, as they often charge more to cover the advertising they used to get all their clients.

Lastly, never hire an attorney that is promising results. No attorney can promise a certain outcome. Any such promise violates ethics that are expected by the state bar. If you ask the attorney to put the promise of a certain result in writing, then the attorney will most likely refuse.

Before you consult with a potential attorney, review these questions to help you find the best attorney.

Talk to an Experienced DUI Attorney in Clearwater

At Hilliard Law, P.L., those charged with DUI can find reasonable rates from a skilled attorney who solely focuses on DUI and criminal defense. Attorney Hilliard has extensive training, having achieved a certificate of completion in NHSTA DWI Detection & Standardized Field Sobriety and finished courses at the National College of DUI Defense. He has successfully defended countless clients and truly cares about helping the citizens of his community. Call to schedule your consultation or fill out a free case evaluation to begin working with Attorney Hilliard today!

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