Wednesday, June 2, 2010

How Much Does it Cost to Defend a DUI

So you had a blast this weekend but you ended up getting a DUI. Now what?

First and foremost you need a lawyer. You stand to lose so much with a DUI conviction that you need an experienced attorney on your side.

That having been said, do you take a plea agreement or do you fight the DUI charges? That all depends upon the circumstances. Are you guilty? Well, that also depends upon the circumstances. There are many ways to fight a DUI and some of those may be available to you if you don't want a DUI conviction on your record.

If you got caught red-handed then perhaps you should take a plea agreement and get in and out quick.

How much will this cost you? Most DUI plea agreements can be settled for $750-$1000 for a first time offense and $1000-$1500 for a second time or an excessive DUI charge. In addition to your attorney's fees you will have costs associated with your time in court.

If you want to fight the DUI charge; say the policeman forgot to read you your rights, or you think that the breathalyser was improperly calibrated, you will need to put down a retainer with your attorney. This generally costs between $3000-$5000.

Whatever you decide to do, you need to get an attorney who knows what to do for you. There are critical deadlines that you can't afford to miss.

The person you need on your side is Pat Kershisnik at Kershisnik Law. He has handled numerous DUIs and can help you get out of the fix you are in. Call today for a free consultation. 208-947-5518 or visit You will be glad you did.