Cost of Attorneys
If you’ve never hired an attorney before you may be worried about the cost. Many of our clients come to us worried about the cost of hiring us to represent them on their DUI arrest. Understanding how a law firm charges can be an important part of how you decide who to hire. There are a few different ways that attorneys charge for their services. The most common ways are hourly rates, flat fees or contingency fees.
Hourly Rates – Some attorneys charge by the hour, typically the rate will vary based on location, experience and case type. Keep in mind that you will be paying for all the time that your attorney spends on your case – not just in court or meeting with you, but time they spend researching, writing, and reviewing discovery. You will also pay for their support staff’s time although at a lower rate than the attorney. If your attorney charges an hourly rate, be sure that they give you an estimate of how much time they think it will take to work on your case.
Contingency Fees – Contingency fees are most commonly used in civil suits such as personal injury or medical malpractice. This means that your attorney takes a percentage of the settlements and damages you receive from your case and doesn’t typically require you to pay up front. Most DUI attorneys do not charge for their services using contingency fees.
Flat Fees – Reynolds Defense Firm charges flat fees for DUI representation for all the work that we do. This means that you will know how much up front that your case will cost. The amount of the flat fee depends on several variables:
- What the client needs
- What the client’s charges are
- What our team needs to do to help you
- Where your case is located
We charge flat fees for several reasons. First, It has never seemed right to me that if I needed more money as an attorney, I could just start calling my clients and billing them more because they talked to me. That doesn’t feel right to me and we don’t do it that way.
Second, it doesn’t cost our clients any more to call us than it does to not call us. It doesn’t cost our clients any more to meet us than it does to not meet us. Because we want our clients to call us and we want our clients to meet with us. What I have found is the more that out clients understand exactly what’s going on with their case, the more comfortable they are that they’re in good hands. When they understand the process, they understand that we’re taking care of them. As a result, they get through their court experience in a much more positive way. Communication with their attorneys is one of they key components of that success.
If you or someone you care about has been arrested for a DUI, please call us right away. Let’s first see if our firm is a good fit for you and your case and then we can talk about the cost. Reynolds Defense Firm accepts credit cards, payment plans and has financing options available to you, so don’t let your concerns stop you from finding the best attorney possible to represent you in your DUI arrest. We’re solid, we’re here if you need us, and we’re very good at what we do. For more of Reynolds Defense Firm’s guidance, visit the “Tips & Advice” section on our blog. You can also visit our FAQ page on our website.