I got a first offense DUI last month and i recently got denied for a public defender because of my savings account (which i started because i have been working every single day to save for the fine I am sure i will be getting). The lowest lawyer i can find is ranging from 4-6 grand and i just cant afford that at all. Do i get a court appointed attorney the day of court? I just don't want to show up looking like i don't care about this charge but i simply don't have the funds for a lawyer.
Criminal Defense Attorney
Contact the local Bar Association (an organization for lawyers) in your county. Most Bar Associations operate a lawyer referral service. They might be able to refer you to an affordable attorney. The fees you mention sound rather high unless you are seeking to take your case all the way to trial. You may also want to ask the attorneys you've spoken to if their fee might be lower if you settle your case without going to a jury trial.
San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney--19 years experience. Law Offices of Jay S. Finnecy
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DUI / DWI Attorney
Most attorneys will do a payment play with you. If you can't afford an attorney and you can't get a public defender the only thing you can do is defend yourself. That said, most people aren't up for that job and plead guilty, but what else can you do?
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