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.
Ryan D Templeton agrees with this answer
Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.
The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.
Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.