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Michigan DUI Lawyer Fees
Michigan's rules of ethics allow for three different ways that an attorney may bill clients: by the hour, a flat fee, or a contingency fee. However, contingency fees are not allowed for a criminal case. This means that an attorney may not ethically make the fee contingent on the case's outcome.
There are advantages and disadvantages to the hourly fee and the flat fee. The Law Offices of Patrick T. Barone uses the flat fee method. With a flat fee, you know exactly how much you will pay to retain the services of their law firm - there are no surprises and no unexpected bills. This flat fee includes all of the work that is necessary to represent you.
DUI cases often share many similarities. However, the facts and circumstances of your case will determine the exact representation and defenses that will best suit you. Because The Law Offices of Patrick T. Barone only handles DUI and OWI cases, they have built their representation with their clients in mind. There are some clients who wish to avoid a trial, whereas in other cases there is no other option.
Michigan's rules of professional ethics state that an attorney must be competent, and that the legal fees must be reasonable. To determine whether an attorney is competent to provide representation, you must look at a number of relevant factors, including the complexity and specialized nature of the case, the attorney's general and specialized experienced and training, and the preparation that the attorney is able to give to the case.
In most cases, the required proficiency would be that of a general practitioner of law. However, because Michigan's drunk-driving law is so complex, a great deal of experience is required to competently defend a client who is accused of drinking and driving.
There are several factors that must be considered when determining the reasonableness of a legal fee. The time, labor, and skill required to perform the legal representation properly is one factor. If it appears that handling your case will preclude the attorney from taking another case, this is another factor. The time limitations and experience and reputation of the attorneys must also be taken into consideration.
Do you have a question about Michigan DUI lawyer fees or other issues? If so, contact the Law Offices of Patrick T. Barone today.
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