How much will an attorney
cost me? Should I take my case to trial?
How much you pay for an
attorney depends on too many factors to list here. If you are
looking for the lowest price in town, don't bother calling
Joseph Graham. He believes proper defense of DWI involves a
great deal of his valuable time and efforts. If you want the
"lowest-priced" attorney you can find to hold your
hand as you plead guilty, the phrase "you get what you
pay for" comes to mind.
Every person who pleads guilty
to DWI is convicted of DWI. An overwhelming percentage of those
convicted are placed on probation. If you take the case to
trial, you may lose, but you have a chance to win; pleading
guilty means a 100% chance you will lose. Probation is not
guaranteed after losing a jury trial, but most misdemeanor DWI
cases result in probation, even after jury trial. Your
individual case needs to be assessed on its particular facts,
and that requires in-depth review of information.
Taking a case to trial has its
pros and cons. Trials do not happen as quickly as pleas of
guilty, of course. As time passes, emotions and memories blur;
witnesses may move or die. Trial is usually very stressful for
the accused. These are a few of the numerous factors to
Financial costs of a DWI conviction
are extraordinary. Whatever the result of your DWI case, you
will live with it for many years. Investing in an attorney is an
important decision which affects your freedom and financial
future. You have the ultimate decision as to whether you take
your case to trial, and you should carefully weigh all the facts
with your lawyer before making that decision. Without knowing
details of your case, it is impossible to intelligently answer
whether you should take your case to trial.
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