DUI Attorney Costs
The wisest thing you can do if you have been charged with Driving Under the Influence in or around Pittsburgh is to hire a DUI lawyer who has the experience necessary to fight your charges. However, good attorneys are expensive, and right now you’re facing court costs, fines, and the possible loss of your income. You might be thinking it’s not worth the money to hire a DUI attorney, and that it’s cheaper to plead guilty and be done with it. When you think about the real costs of a DUI, you’ll see it’s not true.What Are the Costs of a DUI in Pittsburgh?
The laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are the laws of Pittsburgh in regard to Driving Under the Influence. You will receive a fine, and have to pay for and attend a mandatory traffic school. The amount of your fine will vary according to your previous record, your Blood Alchohol Content, the kind of driver’s license you have, and whether your case involved an injury, a death, or an accident. Fines range from $300 to $10,000.
Additional costs, not to mention headaches, come in when your insurance company finds out about your DUI conviction. If they don’t drop you, your rates will skyrocket. You will have to pay for an ignition interlock device to be installed on your car. This device will only allow you to drive after it tests your breath and approves you to start and drive the car. Typically, an ignition interlock device costs around $1,000.
Don’t forget to count time lost at work. Even if you escape a conviction, you’ll have to take time off to go to court. If you get convicted, though, you could spend two days to 60 months in jail, which means no work. Then you add in the mark on your permanent, public criminal record, a record that your boss, any future employers, and your neighbors can all see, and you may find yourself without a job and unemployable.
Lastly, at a minimum, you’ll lose your license if you are convicted of DUI and your freedom if you go to jail. Isn’t the cost of preventing all of this worth it? Can you assign a dollar amount to the value of maintaining your freedom and a clear criminal record? How important is it to you to be able to drive yourself where and when you want to?
If you or a loved one have been charged with Driving Under the Influence in or around the city of Pittsburgh, you will need an experienced criminal defense attorney. The Logue Criminal Defense team serves Pittsburgh, PA, and the surrounding areas, including West Virginia and Ohio. To get in touch and schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced Pittsburgh Criminal Defense lawyer from Logue Law, call us today at 1-844-PITT-DUI or (412) 389-0805. Or, you can contact us online.
Don’t wait to call! The longer you wait to hire an attorney, the more difficult it becomes for him or her to get a good outcome for you and your case. Call today!