Scott C. Nolan devotes most of his practice to defending individuals who have been charged with DUI in Manassas, Prince William, Manassas Park, Gainesville, Haymarket, Woodbridge, Lake Ridge, Dumfries, Bristow, Warrenton, Centreville, Fairfax, Stafford, Chantilly, Leesburg, Ashburn, Sterling, Herndon, Reston, Alexandria, Annandale, and Arlington.
Scott has been practicing law in Northern Virginia since 2000. As a member of the National College for DUI Defense and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, he is committed to success through knowledge and works continuously to hone his knowledge of science and the law. He is well known to both courts and clients for his thorough preparation, his experience and his judgment. He has represented thousands of clients in criminal cases and is trained in the highly specialized fields of DUI/DWI Breath and Blood testing as well as forensic toxicology and the administration of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests.
There are the 12 questions you must ask of every lawyer you speak with about your DUI case. Here is the eleventh question:
11. How Much Is this Going to Cost Me?
CAUTION: When choosing DUI lawyers, it is very important to be aware of deceptive practices commonly used by some unprincipled and unqualified lawyers. Read below for more information on this!
I know DUI lawyers in Manassas, Prince William, Manassas Park, Gainesville, Haymarket, Woodbridge, Lake Ridge, Dumfries, Bristow, Warrenton, Centreville, Fairfax, Stafford, Chantilly, Leesburg, Ashburn, Sterling, Herndon, Reston, Alexandria, Annandale, and Arlington who charge $1000 to take a first-offense DUI case. I also know lawyers who charge $7,500 or more. What’s the difference? Well, it may be an old cliché, but you generally do get what you pay for. That $1000 lawyer just isn’t going to give you the same value as a lawyer who charges more. He can’t.
A DUI lawyer who competes on price (that is, his selling point is that he’s the cheapest) has got to take as many cases as possible to make a living. That’s just simple economics. And he’s not going to be able to dedicate much time to your individual case. That’s just common sense. The best DUI lawyers are going to vigorously prepare for every case and devote as much time to your case as it needs.
The fees charged by a DUI lawyer will vary depending upon:
1) His or her reputation, experience and level of specialization;
2) The factual circumstances that may tend to increase the complexity of the case, such as accidents, speeding, children in the vehicle, test refusal, criminal record and the Blood/Breath Alcohol Level;
3) The time typically devoted by the lawyer to the case (i.e., how hard he or she is going to work for you.)
In general, the more experienced a lawyer is, the higher his fee will be. Those lawyers with an excellent reputation among judges, prosecutors and other lawyers also tend to reflect this in their fees. Just as heart surgeons charge more than general practice physicians, those lawyers who focus on a specialized area of the law – like DUI defense – tend to charge more.
When considering the fees quoted by a lawyer, you need to consider the lawyer’s experience and reputation as well as whether the lawyer is able to expose weaknesses in the prosecution’s case. Will he re-analyze any blood tests, for example, or subpoena the police maintenance, usage and calibration records for the breath machine used on you?
Beware of lawyers who charge unusually low fees in Manassas, Prince William, Manassas Park, Gainesville, Haymarket, Woodbridge, Lake Ridge, Dumfries, Bristow, Warrenton, Centreville, Fairfax, Stafford, Chantilly, Leesburg, Ashburn, Sterling, Herndon, Reston, Alexandria, Annandale, and Arlington. These lawyers charge such low amounts because of their inexperience, their reputation as “Dump Truck Lawyers” or their inability to specialize in the scientific and complex field of DUI defense. Lawyers who charge such fees are forced by economics to accept a great many cases, meaning they will have less time to dedicate to your case. Similarly, they will be forced to accept a broad range of criminal and civil cases, meaning they have less exposure to and experience with DUI law. This will usually affect the outcome of your case because the quality of your lawyer’s training and experience will affect how the judges and prosecutors approach your case – and thus how it will ultimately be resolved.
A variation on the “Dump Truck Lawyer” is the “DUI Mill”. This is a law firm that spends enormous amounts of money on television, radio and internet advertising (often over $100,000 a year!). Although the fees will be high, the lawyers handling your case will be young and inexperienced. Often these are recent law school graduates hired at low salaries or even paid a commission. They have extremely high caseloads, guaranteeing they will spend less time with your case. You may think you’re paying for a prestigious firm name, but in reality you are mostly paying for high advertising costs. One easy way to avoid this problem is to ask which lawyer, specifically will be working on your case. Find out what his or her experience is and when he or she graduated from law school.
Generally speaking, you should hire a DUI Lawyer with an excellent reputation, lots of DUI experience and a specialization in DUI defense. You should avoid hiring any lawyer who:
- Did not graduate from an accredited law school;
- Has little experience as a lawyer;
- Attempts to represent clients in a wide range of criminal cases rather than focusing on DUI defense;
- Claims high “win rates” in court (for example: “We win over 80% of our cases!”); Not only is this very unlikely, it is impossible to disprove;
- Makes promises about the results of the case. Not only is this unethical, it is illegal. Ask the lawyer to put it in writing; he will always refuse.
I mentioned the cliché that says you get what you pay for. But you also need to beware of lawyers who charge far too much. Some lawyers will charge $10,000 or more for a misdemeanor DUI case in the hopes that by charging so much you will think they must be “the best DUI lawyer.”
Typically, the average attorney quote for a DUI case in Northern Virginia is about $3,500. The price ranges between $1,000 and $5,500 with some lawyers charging $7,500 dollars for a first-time DUI. The cheaper and less experienced attorneys may charge $1,000 or less.
If you’re charged with a second DUI within 10 years, expect that your rate will be anywhere between $2,500 and $7,500 dollars, with some lawyers charging $10,000 dollars or more. If it’s a third or subsequent DUI within 10 years, expect to pay anywhere from $3,500 dollars to about $12,000. The more experienced DUI lawyers may charge over $12,000 dollars for that third DUI within 10 years.
DUI lawyer Scott Nolan prides himself on offering real value. He provides the highest-quality service at a reasonable price and there are never any hidden fees.
If you’ve been charged with a DUI, you could be facing serious consequences that will impact your life (and family’s) for years to come. You need an experienced DUI lawyer NOW. Please contact me at 703-361-0776 or by CLICKING HERE for a free and confidential conversation about your case.
As a DUI lawyer, I serve clients in:
Northern Virginia, including Manassas, Prince William, Manassas Park, Gainesville, Haymarket, Woodbridge, Lake Ridge, Dumfries, Bristow, Warrenton, Centreville, Fairfax, Stafford, Chantilly, Leesburg, Ashburn, Sterling, Herndon, Reston, Alexandria, Annandale, and Arlington.