Fees and Costs
Let's talk money.
On the one hand, I cringe at the ridiculous amounts some people pay for drunk driving defense, while, on the other, I wonder what the person could have ever expected when they hunted for the "best price."
With the exception of those cases being fought at a trial, a DUI case should not cost as much as a new car. Legal fees should be commesurate with what you're going to get, and nobody should pay for a trial that won't take place.
Moreover, less than 1/4 of 1% (in other words, less than .25%, and often way less than that) of all the people arrested for a DUI in Michigan each year actually go to trial and win. End of the world insurance, anyone?
Just as you can pay too much, you can pay too little.
Cut-rate fees don't buy top-notch legal services. In the history of the world, no one has ever hired a bargain lawyer and gotten first-rate legal representation. Anyone looking for the "low bidder" in terms of fees should remember that, whatever else, you'll never get what you don't pay for, either.
Here, I'll list what we charge and then explain what we do for those Fees in the section entitled "What do you get for Your Money?" I’ve covered some of this in the section entitled "Fees and Results," as well:First (1st) Offense DUI case (Misdemeanor)
Where there has been no accident causing serious injury to another person (those cases are felonies and are charged as Driving While Intoxicated Causing Serious Injury or Death) my Fee is $3800. The retainer requires $1800 down with the second half due prior to the conclusion of the case which is called the sentencing.
High BAC case (Misdemeanor)
High BAC charges can only occur is a person has no prior DUI convictions within 7 years and his or her BAC result was .17 or higher. Fees in High BAC cases, often written as "OWI with BAC of .17 or greater" are $4300. Sometimes, a person's BAC can be above .17 and he or she is not charged with the enhanced offense. This fee listed here only applies when the actual charge is High BAC
Not involving a serious injury to another person, my Fee is $4400. The retainer requires $2200 down with the second half due prior to the conclusion of the case which is called the sentencing.Third (3rd) Offense DUI case (Felony)
A change in the drunk driving laws in 2007 allows prosecutors to charge a person with a third offense felony for any third offense within the driver's lifetime.
That means if a person had a prior offense 27 years ago, and other 17 years ago, and now another, he or she can be charged with third (felony).
Almost everything about a DUI case is different, as in a lot more serious, when it's charged as a felony.
Our fee in a 3rd Offense felony starts at $7200.00. We begin with a retainer of 1/2 ($3600) down and usually require full payment prior to the conclusion of the case (although other payment arrangements can be made), which is typically the sentencing.
In all DUI cases, we stick to the fees listed above and put everything in writing.
It's that simple - as it should be.