After you have been arrested for a DUI in Las Vegas one of the first things that comes to mind is “I need a Lawyer.” After that is “How much is this going to cost me?”
The cost of a DUI in Las Vegas range greatly depending on the severity and jurisdiction. There are your upfront cost, court cost and long term cost.
Upfront cost are your attorney fees for the DUI if you choose to hire an attorney. This can range from cheap lawyers who do a high volume practice to high priced lawyers. You should expect to pay $1000 to $3600 for a misdemeanor DUI offense in Las Vegas for legal fees. There are some lawyers that charge even less, but keep in mind that the cheapest lawyer is probably not going to be the best, and the best is probably not going to be the cheapest. Then you might even have lawyers who charge $6000 or more for a misdemeanor offense. Attorneys typically charge a rate that is based on the time they will spend on your case, travel, what services will be offered and his or her experience as a lawyer.
Court cost for classes and fines can vary greatly as well. A simple DUI misdemeanor might cost you around $1000 for the fine and classes, while a felony DUI diversion program can last 3 to 5 years and might cost you around $10,000 more or less.
Long term cost can be DMV reinstatement fees and higher insurance premiums associated with with a DMV conviction.
Other factors that might add additional cost are additional charges besides the DUI, such as moving violations like speeding.
Luckily, some attorneys offer payments plans to make it easier on clients. Courts may offer a payment plan option as well. You should always consult with an attorney and not let price be the only factor in choosing a lawyer.