The overall cost will depend on your record. Honestly, if you are a first defender that is going to cost less, than if you are a 3rd offender for obvious reasons. The more previous charges you have, the more complicated your case is, then obviously the more jail you’re going to be facing. And all of those things take more time for the attorney.
The first thing we always do is a payment plan. We offer a payment plan for everybody, as long as you call us within the first 10 days, which you need to tend to do to save your driver’s license anyway. You can call us within those first 10 days.
We can normally give you a payment plan that can be anywhere from 5 to 8 weeks out. It would just depends on what county you’re in. Because some counties are faster than other countries. Some counties are slower, Sta. Rosa county in particular is probably the more longer of all of the counties in Northwest Florida. And usually, I can go out at least 8– sometimes 9 weeks in Sta. Rosa.
Where Okaloosa county, and Escambia it’s pretty quick. It just depends on what county you’re in and also particularly what judge you have. Because some judges are much faster than other judges. Some judges are just very lay back and let us handle the case, other judges push very hard. So we would mean to find all that out to figure out where the payment plan would be coming in.
But we can usually start your case for as little as $500.00 down. We don’t need all the money upfront, we don’t need half upfront or anything like that, we’ll work with you.
So if you want to talk to a DUI lawyer, that specifically only does DUI work , which is what I do, please give us a call .We have free consultations. We can do it in person. We can even do it over the phone, if that’s more convenient for you.
We will let you know everything upfront as to what exactly what the cost are. We also put everything in writing, including the payment plan. We do not have any of these hidden fee tricks that some attorneys do. We are very upfront and very dedicated to customer service and that’s being on the same page. So give my office a call today, and we can get you set up and we will help you fight your DUI.
How much are the fees that you were facing when you go to court for a DUI?
Those fees can vary dramatically depending on if it’s a first offense, second offense or third offense. It can also, believe it or not very depending on what court system you’re in. Each county will have different variances in different requests when you go through that process.
I’ll give you a perfect example. In Escambia County, they are going to ask you to take blood or urine test, basically the test do for drugs or alcohol. Okaloosa County does not require that. Okaloosa County does not require you to take any alcohol test or drug testing.
Walton County can require you to do AA meeting, believe it or not, twice a week, during your probation. That’s very unique to Walton county. Sta. Rosa county, they can also require drug testing or urine testing at your expense. And they will also require you not to drink any alcohol or any illegal drugs during the term of probation. That’s a very unusual requirement. Each judge is different. It’s amazing invariant as you can get from county to county.
Now in my case, I have handled over 2,000 DUI cases in this counties and I know the judges very well, and I know their requirements very well. So if you have a question on what you’re going to be facing, please give us a call. We offer free consultations. We can stitch you up on a phone consultation or in person, whatever is convenient for you. And we will walk you through this legal mind field. Get you out the other side.
Because once you have knowledge of what’s going to happen, it makes a lot easier to make an informed decision. So give us a call today and we’ll help you out.
Do you charge by the hour or a flat fee?
I charged a flat fee. And that includes by the way, any expenses that come up. We do not bill for expenses for anything -from faxing, copying, Fedexing, all of that is included in your fees. As a matter of fact, we also pay the $25.00 that the DMV , that’s part of your fee, we don’t add that on.
We also do a what we call two-tiered flat fee. And what I mean by that is, the first fee covers all of the DMV and all of the criminal case, everything except a jury trial. And then the second fee is for a jury trial fee if that happens.
Now why do I do it that way? Because I think that is the only fair way to do this. The vast majority of DUIs do not got to trial. So I don’t think it’s fair to charge you a trial fee, if you don’t go to trial.
So I do a two-tiered fee. It is in writing, in a contract, upfront. That that second trial fee is only due if you come and look me in my eye, say, “I want to go to trial”. If that happens, then that second fee would become due. And the reason I do that is, is so only one who wants to go to trial has to pay that trial fee, because it is an expenses situation to go to a trial.
If you would like more information on this, and you want to set up a free consultation, please call my office today. We can walk you through this process, and will answer all of your questions for you. We’d be more than happy to help you out. Give us a call today so we can save that driver’s license.