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How Much Does a DUI Attorney Cost?

If you were a victim of a DUI accident, you will need a personal injury attorney who will work on a contingency fee, which means that he will only be paid if and when you win the case.

Drunk driving accident victims need a personal injury attorney to file a claim and pursue compensation. Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that they only get paid if the case is won, and the fee represents a percentage of the recovered amount. Defendants in a drunk driving accident case need the services of a DUI attorney. The costs of retaining such legal experts varies depending on:

  • the attorney's reputation and experience;
  • the complexity and severity of the case;
  • the time spent by the attorney on the case;
  • other circumstances.

Many DUI lawyers will take a DUI case on a flat fee basis, meaning they will give you a flat rate for representation throughout the entire case. You will usually pay part of the cost, or even the entire cost upfront, which is known as a retainer payment.

Some lawyers prefer to bill clients hourly, which can get expensive as most lawyers charge $100-300 per hour, or even more. Although more experienced lawyers are usually more expensive, you should not compromise on quality when you hire a DUI lawyer. You might end up paying a lot of money but you will be less likely to get a favorable result if you work with a lawyer that is inexperienced with DUI cases.

In 2010, a total of 10,228 people suffered fatal car accident due to a drunk driving accident, a number equivalent to 31% of all traffic-related deaths in the US. Drugs were also responsible for 18% of fatal motor vehicle accidents. Considering these facts, there is a high probability that if you get involved in a car crash, the other driver could be under the influence.If you caused an accident while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, one of the first things you need to consider is to find an experienced DUI attorney who can keep you out of jail and minimize your fines. According to Florida DUI and Administrative Suspension laws, driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or above is an offense punishable with:

  • Fines up to $1,000
  • 50 hours of mandatory community service
  • Imprisonment for no more than six months
  • Up to one-year probation if you are a first offender

Fines and prison time increase with every subsequent offense. If property damage or personal injury resulted from the accident, you could be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor, and if a serious bodily injury occurred following the crash, you would be facing a third-degree felony. Another issue concerning drunk driving accidents is that most insurance companies will not cover the damages, so you as a plaintiff should find another way to compensate victims.

On the other hand, victims of drunk driving accidents can file personal injury claims to cover their losses. With the support of an experienced personal injury attorney, they can recover different types of damages including:

  • Medical bills
  • Property damage
  • Lost income
  • Pain and suffering

Besides compensatory damages, drunk driving accident victims might also receive punitive damages. These amounts are designed to punish the offender and to prevent similar events from occurring in the future.

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