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An Experienced DWI Attorney Discusses Attorneys Fees and Probable Cause

If you’ve been charged with a DWI, you may feel lost, confused, stressed and unsure where to turn next. This can be a challenging time in your life, but understand that retaining an attorney who is experienced in DWI defense is the first step in turning this situation around and helping you overcome the struggles that are associated with a DWI. Your attorney will take a look at the evidence and formulate a defense based on the facts of the case.

One important aspect your attorney will consider is whether or not the police had probable cause to pull you over to begin with. Without probable cause, it’s possible your charges could be dismissed. Certainly, every case is different, and an experienced attorney may look at probable cause (or lack thereof) as his first line of defense.

What is Probable Cause?

Probable cause is the legal reason needed in order for a police officer to pull you over and investigate his suspicion. However, he can’t pull you over based on suspicion alone. Probable cause includes, but is not limited to, the following:

-Failure to obey a traffic control device
-Swerving in and out of traffic lanes
-Speeding
-Reasonable Suspicion

When an officer sees you committing some type of traffic infraction, he can pull you over for further investigation. Perhaps the officer doesn’t even suspect you’re drunk initially but makes that discovery once he’s able to converse with you. Some forms of reasonable suspicion include, but are not limited to:

-Slurred speech
-Glassy or red eyes
-Open container in your vehicle
-Strong alcohol odor coming from the car

From there, the officer can proceed with conducting tests to determine if your blood alcohol content is over the legal limit, and subsequently arrest and charge you with driving under the influence.

When it comes to DWI defense, there’s no doubt it can be costly and usually involve paying surcharges, fines, and fees to a number of different entities. Whether your attorney will look at probable cause or other lines of defense, you’re better off expending the fees in order to increase your chances of having the DWI charge reduced or dropped. Again, keep in mind that each case is different and your own circumstances are unique.

Fines and Surcharges

If you decide to plead guilty to a DUI offense, there are a number of fines and surcharges assessed under the law. If you negotiate your charge to a lesser charge, you’re still looking at some type of fine and surcharge, and that amount would be dependent upon the type of charge you plead down to.

Alcohol Education Course

Most individuals charged with DUI will be mandated to take an alcohol education course. While you’ll have a choice of which provider you can take the course with, there is always a fee to take this course.

Restricted Drivers License/Insurance

Being charged with a DUI means that in some way, shape, or form, your driver’s license will be restricted. The DMV assesses charges associated with obtaining a restricted license.

Also, your insurance rates will most likely rise after being convicted of an alcohol-related driving offense.

Attorney’s Fees

Your best bet is to contact an attorney to help defend your charge. An attorney who is experienced in defending DUI will look at your case to determine your best defense. While paying for an attorney may be something you’re hesitant about, in the long run, you could avoid a DUI conviction. For more information on how our experienced team can help you, set up a consultation today.


Charle Butler
Charle Butler
2021-03-12
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I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
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Mesonista parsons
2021-03-05
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My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
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debabrata chakraborty
2021-03-03
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Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
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Asata Hendricks
2021-03-02
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Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
2021-02-26
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I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
2021-02-24
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Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
L.C.
L.C.
2021-02-24
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I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
2021-02-23
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I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!

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