Misdemeanor Criminal Defense
I represent good people who are accused of making a small mistake. In almost all of the cases I handle, someone had too much to drink at the time of the alleged crime. I do not represent career criminals, I do not handle felonies, I handle misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor crimes for people who allegedly made a mistake. Criminal matters are handled almost exclusively by flat-fee agreement so you know upfront exactly how much my services will cost.
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
- Boating Under the Influence (BUI)
- Disorderly Conduct
- Obstruction of Justice/Law enforcement officer
- Criminal mischief
- Domestic Violence
- Marijuana Possession, drug paraphernalia
- Traffic crimes (Reckless driving)
- Driving while license suspended or revoked
I am not like the guys who advertise for DUI defense. I have a small office, I know you personally, I know your case without having to look at my notes, and I personally appear in court with you at each step of the case. My goal is always simple: within the particular circumstances of your case, I strive to keep your record as clean as possible. If you are accused of any of these crimes, you are facing jail time, significant fines, and a criminal record. I am very successful at negotiating with prosecutors, but can also provide a vigorous defense in front of a judge or jury if it is necessary or the circumstances warrant it.
Please give me a call to discuss your case with no obligation. You can come by the office or we can talk by phone.
Criminal defense is almost exclusively done by flat fee agreement. This allows you to know exactly why my representation will cost upfront. Unfortunately, it is hard for me to give you a quote without discussing your personal situation, but here are some general guidelines and most cases fall within this range:
Basic misdemeanors: starting at $1,500
Gross Misdemeanors: starting at $2,000
DUI: Starting at $2,500
BUI: Special all-inclusive rate of $1900
You may notice that my rates are lower than those quoted by many attorneys. I charge in three stages, pretrial/motions/trial. Almost every criminal case (over 90%) is resolved prior to trial, through negotiation, dismissal, deferral, or other agreement with the prosecutor assigned to your case. I do not believe it makes sense to charge you the full trial fee when the chances of going to trial are very slim. Therefore, I break my fees up into three stages thereby saving most clients the cost of the motions hearing and trial that, in most circumstances, never occur.