As Michigan DUI lawyers, we get emails and questions all the time asking how much we charge. By far, the most common question we’re asked is “how much to you charge?” Unlike everyone else, though, our firm actually lists our Fees
, both on this website and on our blog.
If you’re on a mobile device, tap the “More” button at the top of the page, and then scroll down to “Fees.”
If you’re on a computer, look up.
Do you see it?
A lot of people miss this, not because it’s hidden in any way (it’s right there, after all), but rather because nobody expects to find a lawyer or law firm publishing anything like that.
I’ve always wondered, what’s the big secret about fees, anyway?
My team and I believe in transparency, and we operate by the principle to “treat everyone as you would wish to be treated.” To me that means being upfront about price and actually listing our charges.
That makes our office different from all the others, but in a good way.
Personally, I try to stay away from any business that is secretive about costs. Everything ultimately comes down to money, and if that subject isn’t handled honestly and openly, then (at least to me), that’s a huge red flag.
I understand that some lawyers want to “sell themselves” before talking money.
I also understand that some lawyers want to “gauge” how much they should charge based upon what they determine a client can or will pay.
I understand that those tactics are, in fact, widely used, but I don’t agree with them, and our firm doesn’t use them.
Here again, we circle back to the ideal of treating others as you would want to be treated. That’s the principle by which my team and I operate, and being clear about money is an important part of that.
I think about it like this: If my furnace goes out on a cold winter day, I don’t want the company I call to charge me twice as much because I seem to have a better ability to pay, or, because I need it fixed right away, and am therefore vulnerable.
In fact, I’d hate to think that even if I somehow got a break on the price, they’d charge the next customer more than me for the same (or a substantially similar) service.
That’s dishonest, and it’s wrong.
Fair is fair, and to us, a legal fee is fair when it is based upon the likely work for a particular case, and not that it’s the best a lawyer can manage to “get” from someone.
I’m not saying that every lawyer does that, but we are the ONLY lawyers I know of who actually publish fees online.
It doesn’t matter to us if someone is of average means, or is filthy rich; our prices are the same for everyone, just like the prices at the grocery store, the hospital, and just about everywhere else.
Our prices are far from cheap, but they’re not outrageous, either.
Anyone price-shopping, or looking for a “deal” should keep on looking right past us, because we do NOT compete with anyone else based on cost. We are a premium DUI law firm, offering top-notch legal representation, and we charge accordingly.
Remember: Success in a DUI case is always best measured by what does NOT happen to you.
Although a person will never get better legal services than what he or she pays for, it is also true that lots of lawyers charge substantially more than they really are worth.
It is an unfortunate fact that way too many lawyers charge premium fees for nothing more than average experience and skills.
Worse yet, without disclosing what they charge up front, a potential client has to waste his or her time deciding if they like the lawyer or firm before they know anything about cost.
How much do we charge? Have a look. If our fees are more than what someone wants to pay, then can see that for themselves and don’t have to waste their time - or ours.
How much a lawyer charges for a DUI case should never be any kind of secret.
I wish I could say that it was some stroke of marketing genius that inspired me to list my fees back when I launched my first website many years ago, but the truth is that it just seemed like the right thing to do, and I’ve always done it.
The old practice of keeping prices “quiet” is outdated, especially now, in the information age. It doesn’t make any sense that someone can find almost unlimited information on just about every aspect of DUI cases online, but can’t find a single price for legal services.
Our fees always start out with a “from” amount, but that’s an honest disclaimer because it can, on occasion, take more time to handle a case in one court versus another, or the facts can make it significantly more complicated, and therefore, more time-consuming.
Those are the exceptions, though. In most cases, the “from” price is the final price.
However, if a case will cost more than that “from” price we list, my team and I will ALWAYS quote the exact amount over the phone once we get the necessary details, and in NO circumstances is the final price ever significantly more than that “from” price.
Finding the answer to “how much?” should always be that easy, and with our firm, it is.