An arrest for a DUI is an expensive ordeal. There’s bail to get out of jail, the SR-22 insurance that must be filed for three years, and the cost of taking a South Carolina Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program. There may be other costs that cannot be quantified, like a loss of employment or damage to your reputation. Many individuals arrested for driving under the influence also worry about the expense of a defense attorney.
In fact, the majority of Americans—a reported 63 percent—do not have the funds available to cover a $500 emergency. Taking your dog to the emergency vet for swallowing part of his favorite toy, replacing the brakes on your car, and repairing or replacing a broken refrigerator are all examples of $500 emergency expenses. Those without the resources necessary to cover such an expense reported they would have to cut back on other expenses, borrow money from friends or family, or even charge the amount to a credit card to make it through. An arrest for a DUI may set someone back several thousand dollars at minimum.
An attorney’s job is to protect a defendant’s legal rights. Even if a defendant was drinking and driving, a defense attorney may be able to negotiate a deal and have the charges reduced. A good defense attorney will also be able to pinpoint if any errors were made during the arrest. For example, was the field sobriety test incorrectly administered? Were there problems with the Breathalyzer test? Did the officer have probable cause to stop the driver? These are issues that a criminal defense attorney will address. A criminal defense attorney is well worth the money when someone is facing jail time and other penalties.
Cost of a DUI Defense Attorney
The cost of hiring a DUI defense attorney will vary depending on the facts of the incident. For example, if the case needs to go to trial, legal representation will likely be more expensive. Many are unaware that most attorneys will accept payment plans to provide more affordable options to their clients. These attorneys will allow their clients to pay their fees in installments. These payment plans may be weekly, biweekly, monthly, or any arrangement that the client and the attorney agree upon. Many DUI defense attorneys understand that some clients simply do not have the cash on hand to pay a retainer of a few thousand dollars. To help these clients obtain the representation they deserve, they will allow them to pay their fees in installments.
DUI defense attorneys put in many hours to obtain excellent results for their clients. The clients do not see all of the “behind the scenes” work that goes on in a claim. For example, the attorney will contact members of law enforcement, prosecutors, witnesses, and other individuals to gain an understanding of what happened in the case. The attorney will review video footage, Breathalyzer test results, blood test results, eyewitness statements, and other evidence in the case. If the case goes to trial, the attorney will spend several hours preparing questions for witnesses and coordinating the introduction of evidence. If the case pleads, the attorney will still prepare statements for a court to obtain a favorable result for the client.
Do you need legal representation for a DUI?
If you have been arrested for DUI, you need to be sure your legal rights are protected. At the De Bruin Law Firm, our DUI defense attorneys have secured favorable results for clients in a range of cases. To schedule your free case evaluation, call 864 or visit GreenvilleDefense.com.
What will a criminal defense attorney do for my case?
Once I have evaluated your case I will provide you an overview of your case. This will describe among other things the criminal law process, how we will work together to navigate the criminal justice system, and what expectation I have for you as a client and what expectations you should have for me as your defense attorney.
What should my attorney do to prepare my case for trial?
I collect not only the evidence that the government is required to supply, but also gather my own evidence for your defense as well. I will talk to witnesses, look for other video from third party sources, and go to the scene of the alleged offense. I believe your case is far to important not to go the extra mile to insure we know all the facts for your case, to provide you the best possible defense.
What do I need to do to help my attorney defend me?
No one cares more about your case than you. While we prepare your case, we also prepare your for trial. The one thing we need most from you is total honesty. Remember, everything you and I talk about is confidential. I am on your side.
For Drug offense cases, we may require you to look into a rehabilitation facility. I have had client’s charged with drug crimes who unfortunately we suffering from serious addiction and needed help, not jail. When I was able to convince those clients to make the difficult decision and enter a rehabilitation facility it helped create a positive situation that made negotiating their case more favorable. Many criminal cases last over a year. If I can help get a client suffering from an addition on the path to recovery while defending them from their criminal drug charges, their future becomes much more optimistic, and often, so does their case. Changing your life prior to trial or before a plea will greatly decrease your changes of going to jail. We are here to help not only with your legal needs, but also to help you in life. We have seen success stories and want you to be one too.
How much does a criminal defense attorney cost?
Your attorney’s fees will be based on multiple things including but not limited to, the severity of the crime, the evidence against you, prior convictions, and the amount of jail time your are facing if convicted. For criminal defense services I charge my client’s a flat fee on almost all cases at the start of their case. Therefore, you know how much your case will cost on day one.
I also am aware that many people are unable to afford to pay thousands of dollars upfront. In order to better serve my clients I offer a payment plan option. If you’d like to see if you qualify for our criminal defense payment plan option please contact us by using our form, or call us directly at (864) 372-2896.
Who will handle my case?
How do you know the attorney you hire is the attorney who will represent you during the entire process? I personally guarantee that I will handle every part of your criminal case, you will not be passed of t a junior attorney.
Aaron De Bruin | Criminal Defense Attorney
For over 10 years, Aaron De Bruin has been dedicated to representing clients within the criminal justice system. Aaron is committed to relentlessly providing his clients the legal counsel they deserve during the difficult times associated with a criminal charge. He prides himself on the ability to defend his clients and constantly seek the most favorable outcome for their individual situation.
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