Everyone is entitled to an attorney to contest their DUI case. A public defender can represent those who cannot afford a lawyer. While a person has a right to defend themselves, it is highly recommended that an experienced attorney be hired to represent you. But how much does it cost to hire an attorney? In short, there exists a wide range of fees.
If you know you want to plead guilty, and you just want a lawyer to help you through the process, some attorneys quote fees starting at around $1000 if there are not complicating factors such as a prior history, children in the car, or a wreck. However, if you want to contest your case and have a thorough investigation to help you achieve the best possible outcome, the fee is higher.
There are additional fees for a trial, to hire DUI breathalyzer and field sobriety expert witnesses, as well as to appeal certain issues and for the attorney to conduct motion hearings. One's criminal and driving history, along with the specific details of their DUI arrest also affect the work involved in the case and the ultimate fee for attorney services.