How much does it cost to hire a DUI lawyer?

The range of prices widely vary. As a quick answer, DUI representation will generally range anywhere from $2,000 to $15,000. For first offenses, most attorneys keep their retainers at $5,000 or less. My fee in most cases starts at $2900. (If your case is a 2nd, 3rd, 4th offense, etc. or you have other more complicated factors like an accident with injuries, for example, retainer fees become more expensive.) Also, keep in mind that a retainer fee rarely includes representation at jury trial if your case goes to trial. The vast majority of cases don't go to trial, but in such instances when they do, most lawyers will charge at least $3000 more. Subject to some exceptions, I cap my trial fee at $2000.

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