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Houston DWI Lawyer Cost & Fees

Houston DWI Lawyer Cost & Fees – Updated for 2023

If you are arrested for DWI in Houston, you need a DWI lawyer. Call Clyde W. Burleson, P.C. at 713-628-1503 for a free consultation and to discuss DWI lawyer cost.

How Much Does a Houston DWI Lawyer Cost?

The short answer is:

  • You can expect legal fees up to $5000 for cases that do not go to trial
  • You can expect fees to go up to $10,000 if your case goes to court.
  • The national average for hiring a DWI attorney is $6,500

Houston DWI Lawyer Cost Depends on a Lot of Variables

Each law firm charges different fees for these cases, and the charges will differ based on several factors.  These factors include, but are not limited to:

  • The gravity of the offense and/or any enhanced offense charges
  • The lawyer’s experience and specialization
  • Time spent collecting evidence and documentation
  • Number of court appearances.

It may be difficult for a law firm to give you an accurate estimate of how much your legal fees will be without knowing the specific details of the offense.

Notes on Cost of a DWI Lawyer in Houston, Texas:

   Free DWI Consultation

  • Most lawyers provide a free initial DWI consultation to go over the facts of your case while some charge their hourly rate for the time.

   DWI Lawyer Fees

  • A DUI/DWI attorney may charge a flat fee or an hourly rate of $100-$300 or more
  • A lawyer charging on an hourly basis deducts the hourly rate from the retainer as the work is done.
  • When the retainer is gone you’ll be billed for additional payment
  • Attorneys working on an hourly basis charge for time spent answering your questions on the phone or by e-mail, as well as case-related expenses such as interviews, research or photocopies.
  • For a first DUI/DWI charge with few or no disputed facts and the intention to plead guilty flat fees start around $1000-$1,500, but some attorneys may charge $2,00-$4,00 or more for the same case.
  • Many experienced DUI/DWI lawyers say that charging higher fees lets them represent fewer clients, so they can devote more time to each case
  • Legal fees for repeat offenders start around $3,000-$5,000 and up depending on the number of past convictions and the complexity of the case
  • Repeated offenses carry heavier penalties, and in many states a third DUI/DWI charge is automatically a felony.
  • Whether flat amount or hourly rates, attorney fee for a DUI/DWI case that goes to trial could run anywhere from $4,000-$20,000 or more.

   Additional Fees

  • If you choose to go to trial trial, the testimony of expert witnesses can add $2,000-$7,000 or more.
  • Whether on a flat or hourly rate, your attorney will cost more if there are retrials or appeals.

   Communication & Documentation

  • When you first meet with an attorney, know the exact charges against you, your court date, your bail bond amount and any other pertinent facts.
  • Your attorney should provide you with a detailed written fee agreement.
  • Read it before signing and keep a copy for your records.

Call for a Free Houston DWI Consultation

During this initial consultation, you will find out the fee schedule and expected additional costs.

The Cost of a Houston DWI Lawyer is Less Than The Potential Cost of Not Hiring a DWI Lawyer

You can’t only consider what the cost of a DWI lawyer will be. You must also consider the cost if you don’t hire an attorney. These include the financial cost of a DWI as well as the collateral costs of a DWI.

A DWI conviction is a big deal. A felony DWI conviction can prevent or limit:

  • Job opportunities.
  • Voting rights.
  • Buying, owning, or possessing a firearm.
  • You ability to serve on a jury.
  • College and graduate school admission.
  • Receiving scholarships or financial aid.
  • Renting an apartment or obtaining a mortgage.
  • Joining the military or law enforcement agencies.
  • Obtaining a security clearance
  • Professional licensing like legal, nursing, medical, dental, or teaching; or

Ask yourself questions like, “How much is losing my job over a DWI worth?”

If you’ve been arrested for DWI and are considering a lawyer, please call Clyde W. Burleson, P.C. at 713-628-1503  and get a free consultation. He has many payment options that should work with any budget.

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