Attorney Fees and Costs
Attorneys Fees for a DUI Case in Tampa, FL
We charge a flat rate of four thousand five hundred dollars ($4,500.00) for a first DUI charge involving either a refusal or a breath test reading. We provide each of our clients with a written fee agreement that explains the attorney fees and costs. The price includes all attorney fees for the formal review hearing through a jury trial. Under our payment plan, the client pays one-half down, and the other half can be paid off in 60 days after we are retained. When requested, we provide extended payment plans.
Some attorneys might quote you a lower price but that price probably doesn't include a formal review hearing to protect your driver's license, pre-trial motions, and a jury trial. We charge a flat fee because we often get the best results by fully preparing the case for trial. We have found that prosecutors often make the best deals right before the trial. Rarely do prosecutor make the best offer before the case is on a trial calendar.
Full Service Approach to DUI Defense
By charging a flat fee we can fight the charges aggressively. Prosecutors know that we have formal review hearings in almost all of our cases and that we are prepared for pre-trial motions and trial. Prosecutors also know which attorneys don't typically conduct formal review hearing and charge extra for a trial - so choose wisely.
In addition to the attorney fees, we also require a $500 refundable payment into our trust account to cover any costs in the case. The costs in the case include:
- the $25 application fee for the 42-day permit so that you can continue driving while we fight the administrative suspension;
- costs to obtain the packet from the Florida DHSMV so that we have all of the documents in their file that will be introduced into evidence during the formal review hearing;
- the fee to serve the subpoenas on witnesses that must appear at the formal review hearing;
- the expense to hire a court report for the formal review hearing and the transcript of the hearing when needed;
- the cost to obtain the discovery packet from the State Attorney's Office, if any; and
- the cost to obtain copies of any audio or video recordings taken in connection with the arrest.
At the end of the case, any money left in the trust account is refunded to the client. The cost money that we request at the beginning of the case is enough to cover all anticipated payments to third parties that arise during the case.
The attorney fees are slightly higher if the client is charged with a DUI involving an accident or property damage or if the client has prior DUI convictions making this case a 2nd DUI or a 3rd DUI. Attorney fees are also higher if the DUI is charged as a felony or if the client was arrested for other charges such as a second DUI refusal to submit to chemical testing, hit and run, driving on a suspended license, possession of marijuana, or resisting arrest either with or without violence.
Call 813-250-0500 today to discuss your case.