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Do I really need to hire a attorney for a DUI?

I know it's a better idea to have one, but I don't think I can afford it. How bad are my chances of getting these charges dropped if I represent myself? Or will they just appoint me one for free? How much does one cost and do you have to pay it all at once?

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    Laurie Schmidt | Law Offices of Laurie A. Schmidt, P.C.
    Law Offices of Laurie A. Schmidt, P.C.
    Denver, CO 80203
    (303) 747-4686
    Yes, you should have an attorney represent you in court. The case is being prosecuted against you by an attorney, who went to law school, has experience in court and trials and has resources available to them. Depending on your financial situation, you may qualify for the services of the public defender's office. You may also want to try and contact a few local DUI attorneys in your area and ask if they would accept payment plans.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado - Replied: 3/10/2013
    Thomas A. Medford, Jr. | Law Office of Thomas A. Medford, Jr., PC
    1629 K Street, N.W.
    Washington, DC 20006
    (202) 355-6457
    Time honored state "a person who represents himself has a fool for a client".
    Answer Applies to: District of Columbia - Replied: 3/2/2013
    Hudson Bair | Hudson Bair
    1440 Broadway, Ste. 902
    Oakland, CA 94612
    (510) 645-0027
    I am an attorney who exclusively handles DUI cases, I think it is a good idea to hire an attorney, the law is complicated, the evidence isnt always as solid as it appears and mis-steps can result in greater penalties, like higher fines, longer sentences, jail instead of sentencing alternatives, longer license suspensions, more expensive insurance rates and, in some cases, additional charges. The appointed attorney will do their best for you in court but may not have the experience or training to know the science of chemical testing and rarely do they understand how a court resolution will affect the DMV and your driving privilege. You should consult a local DUI attorney to discuss the facts of your case, the defenses that may be applicable and the possible outcomes. Many DUI attorneys are less expensive than you think and offer payment plans or will otherwise work with you if they think they can help you.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 3/2/2013
    Joseph Schramm | S. Joseph Schramm
    1129 Charles St.
    McKees Rocks, PA 15136
    (412) 331-6709
    The chances of getting the charges against you dropped if you represent yourself are pretty slim, because they will probably involve the preparation, filing and arguing of a motion. You might also be fully prosecuted when, in reality, you might be eligible for the ARD program for first time offenders. I would suggest that you at least speak with an attorney to see what your options are. There are no standard rates that attorneys charge for DUI cases. Generally, they will ask a client for full payment up front if the client wishes to retain their services, but you might find one who is willing to accept some sort of payment arrangement.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania - Replied: 3/2/2013
    Geoffrey M. Yaryan | Law Office of Geoffrey M. Yaryan
    74-075 El Paseo, Suite A-14
    Palm Desert, CA 92260
    (760) 779-9666
    A DUI can have serious consequences it would be unwise to not have an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 3/1/2013
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