Q: How can you find a lawyer who won’t take advantage of you, especially if you are in your 70s, and sober 29 years?
Friend was arrested for DUI, however she is sober 29 years. She’s in her 70’s, she was driving recklessly for her, because she was talking on phone and trying to get a piece of candy out of a wrapper. They did not give her a breath test or offer one. She failed her physical sobriety test because she had broken her foot last year and could not walk, stand and perform test. They did give her a blood test which will come back clean, but the night before she took a sleeping pill at 1100 pm, the incident occurred at 1100 am the next day. An attorney told her it would cost 4000 up front, but, could end up costing up to 10,000. She has never had a prior, she did everything the officer told her. So unfair, she’s been sober for 29 years and helps others. She’s scared and on a fixed income.
A: A DUI arrest, charge and potential conviction could in fact be solely due to intoxication as the result of taking prescription drugs. Your friend has a lot going for her due to her age and lack of alcohol or drug use, but she will still need zealous representation to ensure her best defense. The price of $4K you were quoted is fairly standard, but many attorneys might be willing to charge less due to the mitigating factors. I would encourage you to get a few opinions before making a decision.
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