Attorneys specialize in different areas of the law and each charges different rates for services. While some lawyers charge enough to bankrupt their clients, others do not charge a penny unless they win the case (and some never charge a cent). Are “pro bono” lawyers available to DUI offenders and if so, how can they be found?
The term “pro bono” is short for “pro bono publico,” which means “for the public good.” This Latin phrase is used to refer to voluntarily professional work undertaken at little or no charge. Pro bono work is considered a public service and is commonly performed in the legal profession. In the United States, the American Bar Association recommends that lawyers contribute 50 or more hours of services pro bono annually.
A public defender is assigned to an individual based on financial need and can be used to defend a DUI charge. Services provided by this attorney are paid for in full or mostly by the state. However, public defenders are typically overloaded with work, causing them to miss important evidence, rush through cases, and fail to act in the best interests of their clients.
Private Attorneys and Pro Bono Work
Private attorneys who specialize in DUI cases do not usually accept cases on a pro bono basis. However, there are some reasons to do so. One is if the lawyer identifies enough evidence to file a civil suit against the state. This is most likely to happen if there is irrefutable evidence of mistreatment by the arresting officer. If an aspect of the case could lead to changes in the law or resolve a “gray area” of law, a DUI lawyer may also take it pro bono.
The easiest way to find out whether a case qualifies for pro bono work is to present it to a lawyer who offers a free initial consultation. After reviewing the case, the attorney will issue a verdict. If the case does not meet the pro bono criteria, the attorney will present a flat or hourly fee schedule and estimated total costs.
A lawyer who focuses on DUI cases and is licensed to practice in the state of residence is the best choice. To find one of these DUI attorneys, complete the free DUI arrest evaluation request form on DUIRights.com. Once our legal advocates find the best local DUI attorney for the case, that lawyer will be in touch to offer information and guidance.
DUIRights Support is comprised of legal writers and attorneys who are able to generate useful information about issues relating to DUI. Please use all information at your own discretion and never use the information as legal advice without consulting with an attorney.
9 thoughts on “Are There Pro Bono Lawyers for a DUI Case?”
I got stopped they say for driving to slow made me do breathlizer which was way below the alcohol limit then he said im going to jail but instead he took me to hospital said i had to take blood test he messing with my licence that i just got still havent got dont know what im being charged with officer stated i let you know what im charging you with after he get blood test i still dont but officer called and said test was back i still dont know anything im totally lost help please
Did you hear back from the police yet? I would contact your attorney right away or at least get a free evaluation to talk to an attorney.
I was arrested for supposed DUI drugs last month in fairfield solano county, I went to arraignment but wasnt on anyones calendar docket. Had the floor deputy initial my paperwork along with his badge number as proof of presense just in case.
So presumably DA didnt pick up the charge, or maybe officer screwed up the paperwork, or ideally the blood test they forced me to take came back clean ,either way I wasnt on calendar..ANYWHERE. Ok, moving along, day after my arrest I sent notice to dmv requesting a hearing, yersterday I get a letter stating my license was suspended effective..2morow. I called , they said no worries my hearing was schedules for 15th I believe. My question is this..if there is no DUI then why are the messing with my license to begin with? Yes I origianlly had refusd to submit to any kind of test until my attorney was present, but then the goon squad came and i submitted like a good bitch. I can not afford legal councel due to pandemic recovery so Im kinda lost here.
The state suspension is mandatory unless you request a hearing. This is separate from the DUI charge. You need a lawyer to request a hearing for the suspension and get it rescinded based on the paperwork mess up. Or they still might stick you with the suspension. Bottom line is get a lawyer! Borrow money if you have to.
Although I am sure there are other people like myself who believe they have been mistreated, poorly represented by an attorney or subjected to cruel and unusual punishment by the law. I believe my case has merit enough for some investigation by an attorney or law firm to take the time to at least review what as happened to me. At the very least my case could be a valuable resource for possibly a young DUI attorney to review it. I believe mine would be an excellent case for review by a young or new DUI attorney.
If I could receive a recommendation for such an attorney I would greatly appreciate it.
I was charged with DUI, 2nd offense in 5 years on November 30h of 2018. Everything from that point on was
dui case , parole violation and driving on a revoked license
equals direct deposit
First DUI; BRANSON, MO. MUNICIPAL COURT, RELATED CHARGES.
AT NIGHT, AFTER MISSING A TURN, I PULLED OVER TO PREPARE TO MAKE A U TURN.
NO OTHER CARS, PROPERTY OR PERSONS INVOLVED. SINCE THERE WAS NO SHOULDER AT THAT
POINT, MY OLD 1995 CAR SLID INTO THE DITCH AND WAS “TOTALED”. NO OTHER CARS,
PROPERTY OR PEOPLE INVOLVED AND I WAS NOT HURT. HOWEVER, AAA WAS DELAYED AND
SINCE TRAFFIC WAS BACKING UP, THE LOCAL POLICE DEPT ARRIVED, HAD MY CAR TOWED
AND ARRESTED ME. UPON SPEAKING WITH ME, THE OFFICER DECIDED TO CHARGE ME WITH
DUI, ETC., ARRESTED ME AND AFTER ONE NITE THERE, I WAS RELEASED “OR” THE NEXT
MORNING. I ONLY TOOK A BLOOD TEST, RESULTS UNKNOWN. THIS IS MY FIRST DUI OFFENSE AND HOPE YOU CAN HELP.
Since this is your first DUI offense you may be able to catch a break with the courts. A lot of this depends on the blood test results. Thankfully there was no one else involved in the accident. Make sure you fill out the free DUI Arrest Form on the site and a DUI attorney will give take a look at your case for free.