Often the first question that a new client has for me is “How much do you cost?” and “How much will the fine be?”. These are completely legitimate questions but they only focus on the two most obvious costs of a DUI. There are several areas that you need to focus on in order to completely understand the costs associated with a DUI conviction. Many people make the mistake of trying to go to court, plea no-contest, and beg the court for mercy. This ends up in catastrophe almost 100 percent of the time. It is important to hire an Akron DUI Attorney to defend you.
Some people call a simple, first time offense, DUI the “10,000 dollar ride home”. We disagree. A simple, first time, DUI is far more expensive than that. Most municipal court prosecutors do not offer plea deals on DUIs, even first offenses. Everyone has a friend that claims they received a reckless operation on their DUI, but when you go to check it out you find they did time in jail for their first offense DUI. That’s because in Ohio, a first offense DUI carries with it a minimum of three days in jail, up to a minimum of six days in jail depending on your case. No one likes to admit they lost – and that’s why everyone has the friend that claims they got off scott free.
A first offense DUI carries with it three days in jail, or possible a driving class, a fine of up to $1075.00, six points on your license, the loss of your license for up to three years, the possibility for the party plates, five years of probation, 6 months in jail as a maximum. As you can see there is a lot that goes into even a first offense DUI. The points on your license can cost you tens of thousands of dollars, the loss of a job because you are in jail can be crushing. We work to avoid all of that because we are not a plea factory, we take our cases to trial and win.
Call (330) 752-6706 today for your pressure free, no obligation, consultation with a former prosecutor. I am a former prosecutor with hundreds of trials under my belt. Ask to speak to me, Joe Patituce, an Akron DUI Attorney, about how I can help you out.