What does it cost to hire an attorney to represent me?
In this video Mr. Taylor describes the average range of fees that Southern California attorneys charge for representing a person charged with a DUI. As the saying goes, “you get what you pay for,” and this could never be truer than when an arrestee is hiring an attorney to represent them in a DUI case. Attorneys that charge $3,000 or less are usually not as effective as other, more experienced attorneys who charge more than this amount. An arrestee’s fate often depends on the effectiveness of their attorney in representing them. The more an arrestee is willing to spend on an attorney, the more likely it is that the arrestee will be getting an attorney who is very experienced and will spend more time on an arrestee’s case. The more effective the attorney, the more favorable the plea bargain will be for the arrestee.
Well of course it depends on the individual case. If it is a felony case, that is another matter. If it is a second or third offense, that would have its own fee structure. But taking the most common, which is a first offense DUI in Southern California, the fees range wildly from as low as $1,000 to upwards of $15,000 for a DUI case and the actual fee is determined largely by two things. One is, of course, the reputation of your attorney and as I discuss this, the old saying comes to mind “you pay for what you get,” and that has never been more true than retaining a DUI attorney. The reputation, the experience, the specialization of the attorney, just as with a brain surgeon, is going to be on the high end and you should never retain an attorney who is charging you the lowest figure. They are far from all being the same. The second thing that’s most important is the amount of time that, that attorney is going to devote to your case. The attorneys that are going to charge you $1,000, $2,000, $3,000 are not only going to be lesser experienced attorneys with not the same reputation, but they are going to devote less time to it. They are not going to investigate the breath test; they are not going to re-test the blood test; they are not going to go out and visit the field sobriety test scene with videotapes. There are a number of things, they are not going to write different motions for discovery and suppression and so on, and their results are predictable. The prosecution understands this and it is going to be reflected in any kind of a plea bargain. So, again, you get what you pay for.