We still give free consultations on any criminal defense matter for one simple reason: it’s the right thing to do. If you have been charged with a crime, you are likely worried and afraid. You may want to just "get it all behind you and plead guilty." Before you do, call us. Take some time and meet to discuss your case. The true cost of a DUI (or any criminal charge) is not just what it takes to hire a lawyer; the true cost is much, much more.

First, there are the costs associated with fines, court costs, and bail. In Ada County, the court costs for a simple charge of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol will run over $175, just for the privilege of showing up to plead guilty! Fines for a first time DUI can be $1,000 and if you blew a .2 or higher you can double that amount. An alcohol evaluation can run another $100 and the cost of "alcohol education" hundreds of dollars more. And then there is the cost of re-instating your license with the Idaho Department of Transportation – another $88.

But wait, there’s more. The real cost of that DUI includes the impact that plea of guilty can have on future employment. The conviction will be there forever, regardless of whether the judgment is "withheld" an employer can find out that you pled guilty. Add in the cost of increased SR-22 insurance, payments for "supervised" probation, the cost of finding a ride or public transportation to work, and the inconvenience of having to go to court ordered treatment and what you have is a very expensive "get it over" guilty plea.

How much does a DUI or criminal charge cost? It’s not just the money – get ready to hand over the keys to your freedom if you plead guilty. Even a first time DUI can land you in the clink for five days or so.

So stop and take a deep breath before you go in and plead guilty.

Let us take a look at your case and see if there is another way. The consultation is free. Let us take the time to explain the system and process the courts use to deal with criminal charges. Then you can make a reasoned decision about how to proceed.

The cost of a DUI? It can be very expensive. It can cost $5,000 or more to "just plead guilty" when you add up the real expense.

Take some time and get a professional opinion first.  


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