Attorneys will not discuss fees with you on this public forum. You need to contact an attorney and discuss it with him or her to determine those expenses. You may be monetarily better off with a Public Defender if you can afford one. However, Public Defenders do tend to be overworked and underappreciated, which means they will have little time to speak to you and spend time being creative in your case. Since this is your third DUI, albeit outside of 10 years, there is a realistic possibility of being hurt at sentencing. For all of the above reasons, seriously consider hiring private counsel. We can be reached through my profile (click on my name) above or our website below.
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The cost of a private attorney is dependent on the facts of your case and whether you would like to plea or fight the case all the way to verdict.
As stated, you can go with the public defender, but the public defender will not help you at the DMV hearing, and most public defenders have dozens if not hundreds of files that they handle in a given day. Also, you may not even be financially eligible for a public defender.
You will probably be receiving a letter in the mail with charges and your court date. Start consulting with local attorneys.
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The cost of a private attorney depends on the facts of your case, and the expertise of the attorney in question. To get that information, you will need to contact a few DUI lawyers and discuss the case. Every attorney has a different fee and varying experience, so talk to a few and then choose one. With a DUI, i would strongly suggest you contact DUI attorneys, not necessarily an attorney who handles DUIs. There are many lawyers who only handle DUI cases and they will be in the best position to help.
While you can get a public defender to help with the criminal case in court, you risk your case not getting enough attention because, although Public Defenders are good lawyers, they are not solely focused on defending DUI cases and have a large case load. In addition, the Public Defender cannot help you with the DMV case. With any DUI arrest, the arrested person must request a DMV hearing within 10 days from the date of arrest or risk having their license automatically suspended by DMV (even before there is a conviction).
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The best way to get a price is to call several attorneys for price quotes. In addition to fees, you'll want to get an idea of who you feel is most trustworthy and will make your case a priority. The hour or so it will cost to speak to a few attorneys on the phone could save you a lot of time and headache in the future. Third time DUIs carry a 120 minimum jail sentence if convicted, so it is a very serious case. Your lawyer will be able to figure out your court date for you, but you should also be getting something in the mail from the prosecutors.
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There is no set fee for a DUI unless you go to a attorney that treats them all the same. Each DUI is unique with its own set of circumstances. My suggestion is to start contacting attorneys to determine what they will charged based upon your circumstances. Many reputable DUI attorneys offer a free consultation. Start talking to as many as you can before you decide.
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You can have an attorney contact the District Attorney's Office to find out your court date. This likely will be considered a first offense DUI, but you do have 2 priors. You just were lucky it fell outside the 10 year time limit. You should consider hiring a private attorney because they will be able to invest far more in your case.
Seth Weinstein, Esq.
Southern California Criminal Defense Attorney
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