I Generally Reduce Your Out Of Pocket Or Save You About As Much As My Fee.
The Bad News Is This: You are going to pay between $3000 – 5000 for any DUI whether you hire an attorney or not (this is true from an average of cases over time), hiring an attorney almost always saves you money and it always, and I mean always saves you twice that cost in headache. A fine is $1420 never less; the DUI class is $200, the license reinstatement is $300, insurance may increase 200-300%, and an assessment is $150, while you already paid $300 for your DMV release and $250 for towing. $3000 in a heartbeat. You can easily compound those amounts by not understanding the system and its pitfalls.
Stuff You Would Never Guess: For example ANY DUI conviction brings an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) into the game at $75/mo. and the catch is the court will require it for 12 mo. while the DLD may require it for longer – take it out before and you’ll get an IID ticket that will suspend your license for a year! Another example, any DUI or Impaired Driving conviction will result in you being labeled an Alcohol Restricted Driver (ARD) and so if you get caught using mouthwash in the morning and blow .002 BAC that will result in a ticket that will suspend your license for a year as well! I’ll warn you right here and now that to blow over .000 on today’s Portable Breath Testers (PBT) that the cops use, you do NOT need to drink alcohol – many food groups will do it with the right oral ph! That means buying a PBT yourself to ensure that you are always .000 BAC when behind the wheel and after meals – it’s the only way! I tell you EVERYTHING you need to know about this system for free inside this website.
My Fees Are Set At A Flat Rate: Ranging from $1500 to $3500 depending on the court and the case and to assist you with your budgeting if you need to, you can break up the payments over a number of months – for your convenience I also accept payment by credit card. I have never turned down a promising Utah DUI case because of an inability to immediately pay fees.
The Initial Phone Consultation With Me Free: So there is absolutely no risk on your part- I never sell myself to clients and I never promise things I can’t deliver. Too often, I have met clients who have horror stories about certain rare lawyers who have told them that they are guaranteed not to get jail, or promised them that their case was a winner. When we are finished, if you’re not convinced that I will be able to protect you to your complete satisfaction, then you can simply decide not to hire me and I’ll recommend another competent attorney for you.
Representing Yourself is A Huge Mistake: And here’s exactly why: you are not an attorney. IF someone came into your job and pretended they knew what to do you would label them as a fraud, and although you are allowed to represent yourself in court it’s always a bad idea because the prosecutor knows that you can’t win no matter what – even if the facts are on your side because you don’t know courtroom procedure – which is where the system will crush you. People make the mistake of speaking with prosecutors about the facts of their case thinking that if the prosecutors only knew them, and understood the facts of their case, they would care about their individual circumstances and cut them a break. The biggest mistake people routinely make is believing that because they are a good person, and have not done anything illegal before, that the prosecution will take pity on them and cut them a deal. This NEVER happens in real life unless you have a ridiculously low BAC (under .060) because the prosecutor never would have prosecuted you in the first place if they thought you didn’t deserve the DUI – they would have dismissed it before this stage. Obtaining good legal representation is key for a singular reason; a qualified DUI Utah Attorney can litigate the case and pick up on police mistakes which are usually well hidden to the untrained eye; this translates into “staying power” and an unresolved case which prosecutors despise. Power equals persuasion in the area of DUI Utah law especially, because DUIs are so politically motivated and emotionally charged.