A serious defense in a first-time misdemeanor DUI or other alcohol-related case does not have to cost you a fortune!
FAST TIP: You only have 15 days after your arrest to request a hearing that may save your license.
Pierce Law Firm as conducted extensive research into the plea bargains being struck by the self-professed DUI "gurus", "teachers", "go-to guys" and "Super Lawyers" who are charging huge fees for first-offense misdemeanor DUI cases. On average those lawyers are getting their clients the same deals as any other competent lawyer who practices criminal defense in Oklahoma. No lawyer can legitimately claim that he doesn't ever eventually advise his clients to plead guilty to a DUI charge. Any honest lawyer will tell you that, more often than not, an actual DUI charge will lead to a guilty plea of some sort - NOT EVERY TIME, but more often than not. Yet, some attorneys hide this and attempt to frighten 1st time misdemeanor DUI defendants into paying more money than is necessary to avoid a conviction. Beware the "Super Lawyer" that says he is the only qualified DUI lawyer, that to use any other lawyer is stupid and ill-advised, and that the other lawyers just don't know DUI defense.
FAST TIP: A lawyer with extensive trial history is your best negotiator.
Obviously, if you ever have to go to court, it is in your best interest to be represented by an experienced, reputable lawyer that you select and trust who will actually apply his valuable time and attention to your case. That certainly applies to 1st time misdemeanor DUI cases. An arrest for a 1st time misdemeanor DUI (Driving Under the Influence), DWI (Driving While Impaired), or APC (Actual Physical Control) could have serious consequences including fines, court costs, community service, and even jail time. However, most municipal and state prosecutors do not seek jail time for 1st time misdemeanor DUI offenders. They focus instead on financial punishment and establish standard recommendations for plea bargains. Any experienced, conscientious trial lawyer ("guru" or not) will gather evidence from both sides and assess the strength of the case against you. If a conviction is likely or certain, the terms of the deal will fall within a standard range of reason within which every lawyer will encourage his client to settle.
You may ask: "Does Mr. Pierce have an Intoxilyzer 5000 or Intoxilizer 8000 machine in his office?" Mr. Pierce's answer: "No I don't. I've successfully defended numerous murder cases and I don't have a DNA lab in my office either."
If an expert witness is needed to contest the science of the Intoxilizer 5000 or the Intoxilizer 8000, or the standardized field sobriety tests (SFSTs), or anything else, then we hire the experts; but, in the vast majority of 1st time misdemeanor DUI cases, an expert witness is simply unnecessary, the same goes for a trial - typically unnecessary. The "Super Lawyers" may not tell you this before you pay their fees, and they may not tell you that on average they plea out the same ratio of 1st time misdemeanor DUIs as any other competent criminal lawyer - they just take more of your hard earned money to get the same deals. When you hire Terry L. Pierce, NO deal will be sought or struck until your case has been thoroughly examined to determine whether a dismissal, reduction to traffic offense, or a trial is a viable alternative to a guilty plea. Terry L. Pierce doesn't fear the courtroom or the prosecutors (you can see his case history for proof). Mr. Pierce has more than 25 years of successful criminal trial experience: weighing fact, reading people, comprehending science, and not making mountains out of mole-hills. In fact, Terry L. Pierce negotiates eventual dismissals (that means NO CONVICTION!) for most of his 1st time misdemeanor DUI clients. Terry L. Pierce gets you results without charging you a fortune.
Terry L. Pierce will even talk to you AFTER you have paid your fee. While some lawyers claim to leave "no stone unturned", they may really mean "no client phone call returned". We can't tell you the number of times that clients switched to Pierce Law Firm on their second DUI because the lawyer that they hired for a fortune on their first DUI only got them the standard deal anyway and wouldn't return their phone calls after they got paid (probably too busy writing books or lecturing). Pierce Law Firm charges reasonable fees for DUIs and we give service after the sale.
What your first-time misdemeanor DUI will likely cost you with lawyer fees:
Court costs (state court): $900 (estimated total of 19-20 non-negotiable fees & assessments)
Fine & Victim Compensation: $100-$250 (estimate based on average in Cleveland County)
Drug/alchohol assessment: $175
DUI School (10 hour): $150
This makes an estimated total cost to you of about $1890.00 for the typical 1st time DUI experience, NOT including attorney fees or modified license fees. YOU MAY OBTAIN A MODIFIED LICENSE TO DRIVE DURING YOUR LICENSE REVOCATION PERIOD. However, you will pay about $645 over 180 days for the privilege. This figure includes the $175 DPS modified license fee plus the cost of interlock installation, usage and removal, which will vary depending upon which company you use. We typically steer our clients to Guardian Interlock, (800) 499-0994. So, why pay huge lawyer fees on top of already having to throw an estimated $2535 out the window?! On your first misdemeanor DUI arrest, you don't need to be paying $1000.00 or more to a lawyer if your state district court case will be resolved without a trial. Pierce Law Firm charges REASONABLE, COMPETITIVE LEGAL FEES for a client charged with a 1st time misdemeanor DUI in an Oklahoma district court, where a trial is not necessary - and a trial usually IS NOT necessary for a 1st time misdemeanor DUI. Our serious DUI defense in municipal courts is surprisingly inexpensive if a trial is not necessary. Call Pierce Law Firm at (405) 579-3700 to speak with Terry L. Pierce about how little you may have to pay for a Serious Defense of your 1st time misdemeanor DUI. Alcohol-related drivers license revocation (in a nutshell).
If you blow .08 or higher: LICENSE REVOKED FOR 180 DAYS
If you blow less than .08: YOU KEEP YOUR LICENSE (unless you are later convicted of DWI)
If you blow .15 or higher: LICENSE REVOKED FOR 180 DAYS, PLUS ADDITIONAL 18 MONTHS INTERLOCK REQUIREMENT
If you refuse to blow: LICENSE REVOKED FOR 180 DAYS, PLUS ADDITIONAL 18 MONTHS INTERLOCK REQUIREMENT
Erin Sweezy Act (your Oklahoma legislature's latest knee-jerk reaction) Most importantly, the 1st time DUIer should be aware: 1. If you blow higher than .15 you will be forced to have an interlock device in your car for a total of 2 full years. 2. If you fail to blow into the machine, you will be forced to have an interlock device in your car for a total of 2 full years. These revocation & restriction periods lengthen with every additional alcohol offense. Pierce Law Firm has successfully challenged these license revocations, but we have to take action within 15 days of your arrest to do so. Here's a handy breath-alcohol calculator and information from the University of Oklahoma
FAST TIP: If you've had too much to drink, don't get into your car with the keys FOR ANY REASON - even to sleep, talk, listen to the radio ... or whatever. The charge is APC and it's just as serious as DUI.
FAST TIP: A conviction for possession or marijuana and other drugs will result in a revocation of your drivers license.
There are other drug and alcohol related crimes, such as public intoxication and minor in possession of alcohol, that, while they carry less potential jail time and/or fines, they can still seriously impact your current job, job prospects, college opportunities college funding, and college housing. Don't risk getting a conviction and criminal record by trying to represent yourself on these city court or state court charges. It costs less than you think to hire Pierce Law Firm to protect your future and your record. Another article on the marketing of Super Lawyers.
Pierce Law Firm, (405) 579-3700, handles Oklahoma DUI and criminal cases in the following district and county courts: Adair County, Alfalfa County, Atoka County, Beaver County, Beckham County, Blaine County, Bryan County, Caddo County, Canadian County, Carter County, Cherokee County, Choctaw County, Cimarron County, Cleveland County, Coal County, Comanche County, Cotton County, Craig County, Creek County, Custer County, Delaware County, Dewey County, Ellis County, Garfield County, Garvin County, Grady County, Grant County, Greer County, Harmon County, Harper County, Haskell County, Hughes County, Jackson County, Jefferson County, Johnston County, Kay County, Kingfisher County, Kiowa County, Latimer County, Le Flore County, Lincoln County, Logan County, Love County, Major County, Marshall County, Mayes County, McClain County, McCurtain County, McIntosh County, Murray County, Muskogee County, Noble County, Nowata County, Okfuskee County, Oklahoma County, Okmulgee County, Osage County, Ottawa County, Pawnee County, Payne County, Pittsburg County, Pontotoc County, Pottawatomie County, Pushmataha County, Roger Mills County, Rogers County, Seminole County, Sequoyah County, Stephens County, Texas County, Tillman County, Tulsa County, Wagoner County, Washington County, Washita County, Woods County, Woodward County.
Pierce Law Firm, (405) -579-3700, handles DUI and criminal cases in the following municipal, city, and town courts: Norman, Blanchard, Oklahoma City, Valley Brook, Purcell, Noble, Luther, Del City, Midwest City, Mustang, and many others upon request.