DUI Mailbag: I Can’t Afford a DUI Lawyer

Every Friday we will take a look at some of the most commonly asked DUI questions so that we can clear up any misconceptions and provide you with the most up-to-date and accurate information.  Today:

I can’t afford a DUI Lawyer.  What should I do?

What are the Costs of a Pennsylvania DUI?The clients we represent at The McShane Firm come from all different walks of life. Some were in the unfortunate position of being accused of a DUI while suffering financial hardship. It seems that more and more people are facing this type of situation because the weak state of the Pennsylvania economy.  I normally advise these clients to think about the whole picture and consider the long term impacts of a DUI conviction.

The fact of the matter is, that you will have almost no chance of winning a DUI case if you choose the wrong lawyer, let alone try to represent yourself.  DUI is a highly technical field.  Our DUI training includes courses on analytical chemistry, biology, toxicology, procedural law, trial advocacy and a host of other complex areas.  Without this knowledge, there is no chance of exposing the prosecution’s evidence as lacking.

Now thinking long term, let’s examine some the costs of a Pennsylvania DUI conviction.  The penalties for a Pennsylvania DUI conviction range depending on the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) and the number of previous DUI offenses.  Penalties include fines, jail time, and license suspension. In some cases, you  may be in jeopardy of losing your lob, any unemployment benefits and will face higher insurance premiums.  So for a person who is already strapped for cash:

Can you afford to go to jail?

Can you afford heavy fines?

Can you afford a license suspension?

Can you afford higher insurance premiums?

Can you afford to lose your dignity and face severe hardship?

Of course you can’t.  That is why at The McShane Firm we have flexible payment options and various fee structures available to help you mange the costs of hiring a true DUI expert.  We also offer a free detailed consultation in which we can go over various options and help you choose the best course of action in respects to your case and budget.

Here’s my last question: Can you afford to be convicted of a DUI?

Remember a conviction, like a diamond, lasts forever.

If you would like to ask a question, please submit it via the contact us link.


-Justin J. McShane, Esquire, Pennsylvania DUI Attorney

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PA DUI attorney Justin J. McShane is the President/CEO of The McShane Firm, LLC - Pennsylvania's top criminal law and DUI law firm. He is the highest rated DUI attorney in PA as rated by Avvo.com. Justin McShane is a double Board certified attorney. He is the first and so far the only Pennsylvania attorney to achieve American Bar Association recognized board certification in DUI defense from the National College for DUI Defense, Inc. He is also a Board Certified Criminal Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, a Pennsylvania Supreme Court Approved Agency.

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