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DUI » How much does it cost to hire a DUI attorney in Denver?
The cost of a DUI defense attorney in Denver depends on the complexity of the case. For example, defending a felony DUI charge usually costs more than defending a misdemeanor DUI charge. For a simple first-time DUI case, most attorneys will charge between $2000.00 and $5000.00 to handle the court and DMV proceedings.
Defendants shopping for a DUI lawyer should ask the following questions:
Most DUI law firms offer a free consultation to prospective clients at their law office or over the phone. So people should take advantage of this initial consultation and ask for all the legal advice they can get. Even if prospective clients never create an attorney-client relationship with a particular attorney, any information given during the initial consultation remains privileged and confidential.
Note that legal fees do not cover any fines, court costs, or costs for an ignition interlock device the defendant may be sentenced to when the case ends. Legal fees also do not cover any towing costs or insurance rate increases the defendant is responsible for.
People who cannot afford a drunk driving attorney are eligible for a public defender. These are attorneys employed by the government who represent criminal defendants free of charge.
However, people are encouraged to hire their own Denver DUI lawyer if at all possible. Public defenders are too overworked to devote much time to each client’s DUI offense case. They appear in court every day for literally dozens of clients, many of whom they never speak to outside of the courtroom.
Yes. When a DUI defendant hires a private attorney, the attorney should take all the time necessary to:
In contrast, public defenders simply do not have the time or resources to do the above. In many DUI cases, they do not see the defendant’s file until right before the arraignment, they do not aggressively pursue a favorable settlement, and they hardly ever communicate with the defendant prior to court appearances. It is not that public defenders are bad attorneys. But they are overworked and understaffed – so they simply lack the ability to zealously advocate for their clients.
When DUI defendants hire an experienced and principled criminal defense attorney, they can rest assured that they have the best chance to beat the criminal charges. Private attorneys are paid to devote the time and energy to put up the strongest fight possible to prevent a DUI conviction and keep the defendant’s criminal record clear. And in practice, prosecutors tend to offer better plea deals to defendants who have private attorneys.
We represent people charged with driving under the influence throughout Colorado, including Denver, Greeley, Colorado Springs, and more. We fight for the best possible outcome in your case.
Disclaimer: Past results do not guarantee future results.
Michael Becker has over a quarter-century's worth of experience as an attorney and more than 100 trials under his belt. He is a sought-after legal commentator and is licensed to practice law in Colorado, Nevada, California, and Florida.
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