On a Personal Injury case, the fee is usually a contingency fee. What that means is there is no upfront legal fee to the client. The attorney takes their fee out of the final settlement, typically 33%.
On a Criminal matter, most attorneys charge a flat fee based upon their experience and the likely amount of work the case will need. However, flat fees seldom include representation at trial.
The fee an Attorney charges often depends on the complexity of the case, the experience of the Attorney and how much work the particular case will likely involve. While the fees may seem high in the beginning, the work your attorney does can pay off substantially and in fact, can make a dramatic difference in your future.
To help you get the biggest bang for your buck when hiring an Attorney, we will discuss the details on Attorney fees below.
First, however, you should keep in mind a couple of things before you decide to pay the down payment:
The initial consultation or case evaluation should be FREE. There are very few DUI Attorneys who will charge you for the initial consultation. In the area of DUI defense, the best lawyers always provide a free consultation. This is so you make an informed decision before you spend any money. A competent and experienced DUI Attorney knows that they can't really do an evaluation of your case and give you good legal advice until they know more details about the case, your criminal history, the arresting agency and the court the case is filed in. At your initial consultation, after considering all the necessary information, the Attorney can give you a good understanding of what to expect in your case, what they can or cannot accomplish, what your expected outcome will be and what you can expect to pay.
What to look for in a Washington DUI Attorney:
DUI Defense is a very technical area of the law, often involving the requirement of scientific knowledge. Some of the areas that a DUI Attorney must be knowledgeable in include: of Breath testing process; analysis; proper certification and quality assurance of breath test machines; blood draw procedure and proper storage and handling of lab results. Additionally, DUI laws are very fluid. A good DUI Attorney will be up to date and have current knowledge of the ever-changing Washington DUI laws and penalties. You would not hire a Brain Surgeon to do an open-heart surgery; the same is true of hiring a DUI Attorney; make sure they are very experienced in doing DUIs.
Every court handles DUIs differently. A good DUI Attorney will have a good reputation throughout the many different courts. She will know who the prosecutors are and how to negotiate well with them to get the best possible
offer on your case. She will also know the Judges and which Judges to avoid having your case heard in front of and which Judge is the best to be in front of. Often times both prosecutors and Judges can be harder on defendants who are represented by an Attorney they do not respect. This is not right, but it is the way it often is. Make sure that the Attorney you hire has a lot of experience in the court your case is charged and how well she gets along with the prosecutors, Judges and the court support staff.
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