When clients contact me about their case they want to know "what can you do for me?"
I first tell the client you're not paying for a particular result, because there are too many variables at play, and it's very unlikely I will get a full sense of the case this early on in my interaction with the client. The client must realize they are paying for a professional to work on their case, not buying an end result.
They can review my website, videos, my books, and past client reviews to get an idea of what I may be able to offer their case. They must hire on potential rather than a solid result, which can be a new concept to a potential client.
This is not buying a flat screen television where Target lists Model #1 for $999, but Walmart and Amazon have it for $950. No two attorneys are the same, and different attorneys will fit different clients better than others.
When you speak to a potential DUI lawyer, you should have the opportunity to tell that lawyer about yourself, your career, family and goals for you case. Those goals can be big goals and small goals, but it's important to express all of that upfront. Don't simply ask a lawyer for a price quote, because that's not the way to make a good decision on your representation. The lawyer needs a lot more information about the case before giving you an accurate quote.
Watch their videos, buy their book if they have one, read articles published, and read past client reviews. Here are a few questions to ask upfront:
1- What makes you unique from other lawyers in your field?
2 - What is your experience in my particular court?
3 - Do you focus the majority of your practice on DUI's?
4 - What's a ballpark fee for my type of case without knowing much about it?
5 - What's your typical plan for a case like mine?
DUI Attorney & Former Prosecutor Jonathan Paul