How Much Does a DWI Lawyer Cost to Hire?
After a Texas DWI Arrest, many questions probably race through your mind, such as:
- “How much will it cost to hire a lawyer for a Texas DWI?”
- “What is the normal Texas DWI lawyer’s fees?”
- “How do lawyer fees work for a DWI?”
These are very good questions. A Texas DWI Arrest can be scary. It is also alarming thinking about hiring a lawyer and not knowing how attorney fees work. Here are how the fees work at The Coffey Firm.
The Coffey Firm is proud to have fair pricing. Fair to you and fair to the firm.
Our attorney’s fees are a flat fee.
Court Appearances: Whether you go to court one time or ten, you are not billed by the court appearance. It may take several attempts to successfully resolve your case. You should not have to pay extra for this. The only thing that matters is that you get the best possible result. Flat fees allow us to do this. This is our job.
Phone calls, communications, office visits: You are NEVER billed by the call, communication or visit. Simply put, you are not billed by the hour. We at The Coffey Firm, want you reaching out anytime you have a question. We will be also be reaching out to get to know you, to inform you of court dates, developments and to schedule your case evaluation.
What is a case evaluation? The most important part of our representation is the case evaluation. This is the scheduled office (or zoom) visit where Mimi sits down with you and goes over your life story, the facts of what happened, the police report and the video. This is a critical step, as this is where case strategy is decided upon and options discussed. However, the specific offers and options that will ultimately be available to you still need to be worked out. The full retainer must be paid before this case evaluation occurs. In the interim, the firm is discussing developments, license issues, court scheduling and answering all of your questions, as well as getting to know you. If the case is resolved in a plea (trial option not chosen), this is included in your contract.
What attorney’s fees are not included in my original retainer?
When you retain The Coffey Firm, we have no idea as to the merits of your case without getting all the evidence for a full picture. This is why your contract includes the basics. The basics include almost everything up to and including a plea: (1) an ALR hearing (if the deadline has not passed), (2) an ALR occupational license (ODL), and (3) a plea bargain.
What is not included would be a trial or a special hearing (e.g., Motion to Suppress which is a separate hearing that may result in the dismissal of your case, fact specific). Trials (judge and jury) are unique and very intense. The trial fee is dependent upon the level of difficulty and issues presented. For example, a DWI blood test jury trial generally lasts longer (depending on strategy) than a non-specimen case. These issues are factored into your trial fee.
What separate fees may I expect to pay?
You may generally expect to pay subpoena fees (we hire third party process servers), court filing fees, Texas DPS fees and any fees associated with your case in court such as fines or court costs. Texas DPS also has superfine fees that may or may not apply to your case. We will discuss these other fees with you. Since these fees are subject to constant change, we just pass the fee directly to you as we have no control over them. Expert witness fees for trials are also not included.
Are there payment plans?
Yes, by all means. We realize that most everyone does not prepare for attorneys’ fees. We try to work out payment plans that work with your budget and the court’s planning. There are times when courts will not be open to continuances for attorneys’ fees to be paid. In these circumstances, we do require that the fees be paid in full prior to case disposition.
Should I pay my Texas DWI attorneys’ fees in full up front?
When this is possible, this is always preferable. Sometimes this leads to faster case resolutions. It certainly leads to less worry as you have the full case evaluation fast tracked, compared to our normal schedule.
More about Mimi Coffey & The Coffey Firm
When people look for a Top DWI Attorney or Best DWI Attorney, they look for experience, certification, and respect in the legal community. Mimi Coffey is a nationally-renowned trial attorney, board-certified in DWI by the NCDD. She has been practicing for over 24 years and is an author of multiple DWI Defense textbooks. She is also a national and state-wide lecturer on the law.
The Coffey Firm handles a wide variety of cases, including Unlawful Carrying Weapon (UCW), Assault (including family violence), and Possession charges. We can also help you try to get a DWI off your record or avoid probation revocation.
Mimi is also listed on several “top criminal lawyer near me” directory listings such as Wise County DWI Lawyers, Tarrant County DWI Lawyer, Dallas County DWI attorney, Collin County DWI attorneys and Parker County DWI attorneys. Mimi is a caring DWI Lawyer in Dallas – Fort Worth. She is also involved in the Texas Tech School of Law foundation and enjoys using the skills she has developed to give back to the community.