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Do I Need a Lawyer for a DUI?

Orlando Defense April 21, 2021

The answer to this question is simple: Absolutely! 

Being arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) can change your life forever. 

It’s hard to overestimate what’s at stake. Even the first DUI conviction can land you in jail for up to six months. On top of that, a conviction will cause serious harm to your career and reputation.

If you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI in Florida, you need a DUI lawyer.

And not just any lawyer. You’ll need someone who won’t back down from a challenge. 

Someone who is experienced and dedicated to giving you the best representation. That’s why we’re here. Consult our veteran DUI lawyer today.

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Public Defenders?

One of the biggest issues that discourage people from getting a lawyer is the cost. Lots of people think that they have to pay for a DUI lawyer. That simply isn’t the case. 

Thankfully, the Constitution guarantees you the right to a public defender. However, there are pros and cons for using public defenders. 

Advantages of a Public Defender

The biggest advantage of a public defender is that they cost you nothing. They also generally have a good deal of experience and have a good relationship with the local judges and prosecutors. 

Drawbacks of a Public Defender

Unfortunately, public defenders are hugely overworked.  A report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that public defense attorneys can have up to almost 600 cases at one time! There’s simply no way for an attorney to provide quality representation when they have that many cases. 

An overworked public defender will also be more likely to pressure you into taking a plea deal from the prosecution just to get rid of your case. That means they might not always put your interests first. 

The Pros Of Private Attorneys

Private attorneys offer far more benefits than public defenders. Unlike public defenders, private attorneys’ livelihoods depend on providing good customer service and getting good outcomes for their clients. 

Private attorneys also have more time on their hands because they don’t have to have a huge case load. This means they will take the time to get to know you personally and study the unique facts of your case.

What Is The Average Cost Of A DUI Lawyer?

Unfortunately, there isn’t an easy answer to this question. The cost of a DUI lawyer depends on several things. One factor is the fact pattern of your case. A simpler case will cost less. A more complex case with many eyewitnesses and extensive evidence will cost more. 

The cost also depends on the attorney. Less experienced attorneys will usually charge you less. Veteran attorneys will charge you more.  

However, many attorneys offer initial consultations for free. During this initial consultation, a good DUI lawyer can provide you with helpful tips and recommendations even if you don’t hire them for your case. In a best case scenario, a DUI lawyer’s advice during an initial consultation may be enough to show you how to get out of a DUI. 

Keep in mind, however, that a DUI conviction is just as expensive—or even more expensive— than hiring a private attorney. Even one DUI conviction can lead to a fine of $1,000. On top of that, you’ll have to pay thousands in court fees and increased car insurance rates. Finally, you’ll lose out on earning money from your job for months when you’re in jail. 

Is your future really something you want to risk so you can save a little money?

Questions To Ask Your DUI Lawyer

Even within the world of private attorneys, there are big differences in quality and reputation. Here are a few questions you can ask your DUI lawyer to understand whether they’re right for you:

  • How long have you been representing DUI clients?

  • How often do you take cases to trial?

  • How much of your caseload involves DUIs?

  • How much do you charge?

  • How familiar are you with the public prosecutor in my area?

You will also want to ask whether you will need to pay additional fees to the attorney for things like expert witnesses and special examinations. 

Why Should I Pick Your Firm?

As you can see, not all attorneys are created equal.  Some may not have any experience with DUI cases. Others may act like public defenders and focus on quantity over quality. 

Orlando Defense falls into neither of those categories. 

Here, you’re a human being with the right to a passionate defense. 

No matter how complicated your case is, our DUI lawyer has the experience to help you stand up for your rights. You have nothing to lose by reaching out to us today for a free consultation. You can also give us a call. Let us help you stand up for your rights.